What’s In Your Learning Architecture for Addressing Awareness, Knowledge and Skill Requirements?

Learning Architecture Affordances

Minimizing Overlaps & Gaps – Unless “By Design”

A Learning Architecture, for me, conjures up thoughts about segmentation and organization of Content to help people learn, or insure that they learn, key parts of their job or all parts of their job.  Or to guide them in The Moment of Need when that’s not typically Too Late To Learn or it’s Too Costly a Mistake To Not Address Prior.

For me, someone who has been writing about Curriculum Architectures since 1984 and practicing it since before then, the Architectural label requires a logical, systems approach to the construct of Content that allows use of a varied set of raw goods materials, such as nails and light bulbs, cabinets and carpets, windows and doors.

One aspect of the architecture of Content is that it requires some along the lines of Learning Objects, but not as that concept was put into practice. That was too big a piece – a Lesson – that would have to have been very generic to have been shared when authenticity is one very big key in Learning for Performance.

In An Enterprise Learning Context – It’s All About Performance Competence

Or else it’s a misuse of shareholder equity.

To be Performance Competent requires having skills, and knowledge and awareness. Sometimes all 4 are needed for one topic/task.Sometimes other topics/tasks at require only a minimal awareness – that with Prior Knowledge – enables Performance Competence.

The PACT Lessons Map

Once you have the PACT Analysis data and have sorted it – figuratively or literally – into the Lessons of an Event – you can then use that data within a Lesson (or whatever your approach calls this level of design) to design the flow of Content – for any Blend in your Media spectrum.

I’ve been designing Learning – e-learning and ILT – using this “Lesson Map” template – since 1990 – via a Group Process.

I assemble the Design Team – a sub-set of the Analysis Team – to use and then embellish the analysis data in the construct of (typically) many Lesson Maps of Instructional Activities – after an Event Map of Lessons has been used to get everyone thinking the same about sequence and flow.

For each Block on the Event Map – you create a Lesson Map – of one or more pages.

For each Block on the Lesson Map you create an Instructional Activity Specification (Activity Spec).

Then all of that Design Data – gets reviewed/approved – before use downstream.

Of course, that Design Data is only as good as the upstream Analysis Data used, and the Design Team members, and their Facilitator/Designer.

The PACT Lessons Map Video

This is one of over 55 videos I have made available for free – on aspects of The PACT Processes for T&D/ Learning/ Knowledge Management.

Video is under 7 minutes.

Awareness-Building May Be Sufficient…

Based on prior awareness and knowledge and skill and the scope and complexity of the change at hand.

Knowledge-Building May Be Sufficient...

Based on prior awareness and knowledge and skill and the scope and complexity of the change at hand.

Skills Building May Be Sufficient…

Based on prior awareness and knowledge and skill and the scope and complexity of the change at hand.

Performance Competence Building May Be Required…

Based on prior awareness and knowledge and skill and the scope and complexity of the change at hand.

Assessing Performance Competence May Be Required…

Based on the Risks and Rewards of the Performance results.

Sometimes the Guidance of a T&D/L&D Path is Appropriate

A Path with a suggested sequence of Blends of Media and Blends of Formal and Less-Formal Events – when you cannot expect the Learner to figure it out on their own in an effective and efficient manner – or the costs of poor performance and lost opportunities – make this a valuable business practice for some of your employees, but not all.

Sometimes a Path needs flexibility…

Sometimes a more rigid Path is required…

In either situation, the design of the available Content – should be based on solid analysis data of ideal performance.

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