L&D: Face Validity Isn’t the Same as Task Validity

Topics Are At Best Enablers of Tasks

Topics may sound reasonable – because you know that they have the chance to enable Task Performance.

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But if they never get to “How to Apply – you’ll have to figure that out for yourself. Which might be quite doable.

But not for everything. Not for the tricky stuff. Not for the Business Critical stuff.

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Often the Learner figures out that they have to figure it out on their own – when it’s too late. The investment in time has been made.

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Look closely at the Topics being offered. See if they get into enabling Tasks that are close enough to what you’ll need.

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Understand you own Performance Competence requirements before shopping Content that might have Face Validity – but not the Task Validity that you require – or you’ll simply be wasting your time and someone else’s money.

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