Architecture – Like Engineering – Is Structured and Is Not Whatever
I read from time to time the word architecture in the Instructional Space – that some call Learning and others (like me) might call Performance Support.
What’s in a name? Is a Rose, a Rose, a Rose?
But I digress. But only slightly.
Instruction Architecture in an Enterprise Learning Context – versus an Educational Learning Context or a Personal Learning Context – IMO – should be Concerned With…
- Performance Improvement by the existing metrics
- Authentic Performance Improvement Transfer
- Authentic Performance Improvement Mastery
- Authentic Performance Improvement Practice/Application
- Authentic Performance Improvement Outputs, Measures and Tasks
- Authentic Performance Improvement Task Enabling Awareness/ Knowledge/ Skills
- Content Architecture Paths, Events, Modularity Rules and Templates
- Enterprise Content Architecture Taxonomy/Framework
- Enterprise Content Architecture Taxonomy/Framework enabling tools for storing and authoring and updating
It Takes a Logic
My logic – really a sub-set of it that focuses on PACT – my ISD system…
But Architecture – and Engineering – require something like this Logic above – otherwise you’ll have whatever, whenever and however.
Maybe that is OK….
But if not – you need to address that.
Much of this architectural approach to ISD/ Instruction – was first published back in 1984 – and written in 1983.
Here is a recent Blog Post about those two articles from 1984.
Links to the two articles
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.
Models and Matrices- NSPI PIJ -1984 – 5 page PDF – the first publication of the performance and enabler analysis methods for ISD, from NSPI’s (ISPI’s) Performance & Instruction Journal, November 1984.
And then all of this – as evolved – was captured in my 1999 book … lean-ISD …
Quote from the late Geary Rummler in 1999…
Dr. Rummler also designed the cover and back cover for the book.
The book received a Instructional Communications award from ISPI in 2002.
Quote from Miki Lane in 1999.
Architecture and Path/ Event/ Instructional Activity design – is much more than naming topics and aligning them into some semblance of a Path.
Path is sometimes the wrong approach.
Sometimes a Path – and that guidance is needed.
Sometimes it needs to be more of a Menu – with little guidance.
As Always – It Depends
It depends on the Performance Context and the individual’s level of Performance Competence.
Just as Buzz often says…
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