The Hand Is Quicker Than the Eye
If – a DEMO is appropriate – and it isn’t always – then it should be slow enough and with Stop-Go Points to fully demonstrate the performance expected in the APPO.
The APPO is the Application Exercise – an authentic set of Tasks producing the Outputs just like the job.
Of course, some of the details might need to be left out – so as to not create cognitive overload.
The PACT Processes Analysis data – from Performance Model and the Knowledge/Skills Matrices – flow into the APPO and INFO columns respectively, of the Lesson Map.
I have my Design Team decide if a DEMO is needed – to help the learners/Performers get mentally ready for the APPO after the INFO.
The Design Team – Master Performers and Other SMEs – were also the Analysis Team that define the Performance Competence required.
Not that they make perfect decisions – but who else would you ask? Who else could you ask – with credibility that is.
And the Pilot Test will tell us whether or not that that was the right Design Decision.
It all starts with EMPATHY for the learner/Performers and what they need.
They need Performance Competence – which requires Knowledge and Skills and Practice – Practice – Practice.
All too often Instruction is simply a Content Dump – and the exercises are sprung on people who have just been fed with a firehose – so to speak.
And the exercises could most often be called Mickey Mouse – or inauthentic. Or both.
Focus of the Performance Requirements – and Enable Them
With Instruction – Performance Support – and/or Training. Because Practice is often Critically Important to Learning How To Perform.
It’s usually more than Information or Curated Content. Especially for the Most Critical Performance Competence requirements.
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