T&D: My Quick Evolution From Blueprints to Paths

In 1984

The article in Training Magazine – published in September 1984 – but written in the fall of 1983 – followed my current practice as the Chief CAD Designer at my consulting firm – R. A. Svenson & Associates, Inc.

I created a Blueprint of the modular content (some macro sized but most micro-sized – depending on how the client wanted to deploy it) – and then people would select what they needed and schedule it – or order it – as I put as much of the content into Self-Paced modes – and back in the 1980s that meant ordering the booklets or videos from T&D at HQ.

Blueprints to Paths

Here is that 1984 article:

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.

In 1985

In 1985 I made my first national presentation of the methods at NSPI (now ISPI). The fall before I had made the same presentation to the Chicago Chapter of NSPI – as was the practice for 1st time presenters at National.

CAD Presentation at NSPI 1985

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Here is that presentation from 1985:

CAD – NSPI – 1985 – 21 page PDF – this is the first national presentation on the Curriculum Architecture Design methodology which Guy Wallace delivered at the NSPI Conference on April 24, 1985 (the 1st presentation of this was done for the Chicago Chapter of NSPI the previous fall).

By the Late 1980s

Later I started producing an Individual Planning Guide format for each project as more and more of my clients didn’t have their own in place – as most did back in the early 1980s. Why they went away – I was never sure.


The Individual Planning Guide took the Path’s suggested sequence and enabled both a down-select of what was needed based on both the assignment’s specifics and the incoming knowledge/skills from education and experience – and then sequenced and scheduled the Training to the assignments’ specifics.

The methods of CAD – Curriculum Architecture Design – has always been fed by the Performance Model and K/S Matrices data determined – mostly via a Facilitated Group Process – as this 1984 article presents:

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.

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