L&D: Content Authenticity Is All About the Performance Competence Requirements

Too Often L&D Content Is On Topics vs Tasks

Topics with Face Validity. Topics that sound reasonable – and perhaps are.

But Topics without a Task Orientation.

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Face Validity Isn’t Performance Validity

And your clients don’t think about that – usually. Lucky you if they do and challenge you to make it real – make it authentic – make it go beyond the Topic to How To Apply This In The Task(s).

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I Was Lucky in 1979

When I joined a T&D Organization. They were all about Rummler, Gilbert, Mager and Harless.

The first book I read was Mager & Pipe’s Analyzing Performance Problems – and the second book was Gilbert’s Human Competence.

They are still valid today – especially the first book. Read that Mager & Pipe book if you haven’t.

Gilbert’s book may be difficult to get through – it took me 3 attempts – and I always recommended starting at chapter 10 and then circling back to 1 after the last chapter.

Or instead of Human Competence – jump to Patti Shank’s “Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning” – a great book to get that Performance orientation IMO.

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And there are, of course, my own articles, books, book chapters too. See the Resource Tab for FREE article PDFs, PowerPoint Shows, Presentations, audio podcasts, videos, and Free book PDFs … and links to those books that are for sale.

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