Today I am delivering a webinar to the ASTD Forum on performance-based Curriculum Architecture – for Enterprise Learning Contexts – using a Group Process. This is for their private members.
I’ve been doing this for a while now, speaking about Learning Paths from a Curriculum Architecture Design effort that is.
This is a Learning Path From 1989
Perhaps more of a menu than path…
Guy Overviewing This Path In the Keystone Event – 1989
My clients wanted me to help “catch everyone up” to the Curriculum Architecture done 3 years earlier (1986) – that was communicated and marketed – but most Learners who came to the 8-day event, the final blue box of the 1000 Series on the Path above – were unaware of all of the content (some Instruction and a lot of Information Events (modular Events)) that they ideally should have been exposed to and read/ watched/ attended prior to being in this 8-day Event: Product Management Process Training – Basic Skills.
The 1st Blue Box on the Path was this 11 minute video Event:
Again, most Learners hadn’t been shown this 1st Event on their Learning Path. Their managers/supervisors didn’t take the time to do this. So I was asked to do this later – down – the Path. Better late than never I guess. It was the client’s call.
I delivered this 8-day Event 31 times for my client – including 5 sessions in The Netherlands.
Here is a video that includes some shots from one of the classes in The NL. Check out the 1:18 (hr:min) mark on this video to see some short clips from that session – lasting just over a minute. The rest of the video is from my weekend touring around The NL – it was an 8 day course.
Curriculum Architecture and T&D/Learning Paths
The first article on Curriculum Architectures and Learning Paths was published in TRAINING Magazine in September 1984.
CAD – Training Mag – 1984 – 6 page PDF – the first publication about Curriculum Architecture Design via a Group Process – published in Training Magazine in September 1984. Original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down.
And the first national presentation was done in April 1985.
CAD – NSPI – 1985 – 21 page PDF – this is the first national presentation on the Curriculum Architecture Design methodology which Guy Wallace delivered at the NSPI Conference on April 24, 1985 (the 1st presentation of this was done for the Chicago Chapter of NSPI the previous fall).
It took me many years to write “the book” about Curriculum Architecture and Learning Paths/Roadmaps/Blueprints/etc.
I started in 1983.
The Book: lean-ISD
It was updated and reconfigured into a series of books in 2011 – see more about that here.
All of this ties into another book – about Performance Testing and their Administrative Systems – based on work done in the 1980s and 1990s – to build Pay for Performance Systems – but of the kind that paid more for demonstrated Performance Capability – than “what you did for us these past 12 months.”
The Employee performance-based Qualification/Certification Systems – Book
A Rose Is a Rose – But With Thorns – So Be careful!
Many approaches today to Learning Paths and Learning Architectures are pretty old school IMO. The names/language has been updated from T&D Paths and Curriculum Architectures – but they are older school in their methods than the 1984 version (published by TRAINING Magazine) – and are often pretty weak in their Process – the approach for employing their methods in some predictable manner.
When I read about Learning Architecture and Learning Paths – I don’t see many of the earmarks that I would expect – and you should too – of architecture – the engineering of content. Instruction and Information. That’s what’s old school IMO.
They have weak analysis components, and then when it comes to design they simply place events in a sequence. They create Paths of Modules – not Modular Paths.
But as they say: “Caveat Emptor.”
Or – “Let the buyer beware.”
12 Minute Video on Innovative Curriculum Architecture Design
From the sub-title of the TRAINING Magazine article from 1984 – created by their editors.
And let’s remember one key thing: it’s not about Learning – even for a “Learning Organization” – it’s about Performance.
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