T&D: Blueprints to Maps and Paths

In 1982 my first Curriculum Architecture Design – CAD – effort as a consultant, after my first as a Motorola employee, produced a Blueprint of Modular Instruction & Information for 2 key jobs at Exxon USA Exploration.

Experienced people were about to retire – all hired in after WWII and going to college on the GI Bill – and the organization needed to capture their knowledge before they left and then use that to reduce the cycle time from 10 years (as their past practices had evolved to) to much, much less.


The Modules were either Task (How To) Modules, Enabling K/S Modules, or Orientation Modules. People would sit with their supervisors and map out a path, depending mostly on where they were to explore for oil – as I was told, “It’s very different exploring for oil in the sands of West Texas, than in the Rockies, than in the Tundra of Alaska than off-shore.” And their incoming knowledge and skill were also taken into account, from their education and experience – so that they could skip some Modules – and accelerate their Path to Performance.

By the mid-1980s my CAD Outputs was a two-level design of the Gaps in the Ideally Available/Required Content – modular Events. If an Event and all or some of their Modules were not built/bought – it was left to Un-Structured OJT (Informal Learning) to get it done.


By the early 1990s the “Modules” inside the Events on a Map/Path – that would become Lessons if taken to the next level – were categorized into 5 types – to increase sharing across multiple audiences, “As Is” or “After Modification.” And in my version of ADDIE – MCD: Modular Curriculum Development – Lessons were composed of Instructional Activities.


Here is the 5 Tier Framework for Events, Modules/Lessons, Instructional Activities.


All os this covered in both lean-ISD and in my 6 Pack…


Click on image to link to the download page.


Note: the cover design for “lean-ISD” was created by the late Geary A. Rummler.

Note: Guy W. Wallace’s book “lean-ISD” – was a recipient of a 2002 Award of Excellence for Instructional Communication from the International Society for Performance Improvement.

lean-ISD is also available as a $15 paperback book – and $7.50 as a Kindle – for more information and/or to order – please go – here.

For the 6 Pack – and other books – please go: here.

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