Consequential Performance for Consequential Jobs
Your Instructional Design efforts should be targeted on Consequential Performance for Consequential Jobs – and Not Everything Possibly Needed.
This has been true, for me, since 1979.
And sometimes e-learning isn’t the answer in how to develop Ability to Perform.
Again, Consequential Performance for Consequential Jobs, might dictate practice of authentic performance, after e-learning, to really hone a skill. To help it transfer back to the job.
Sometimes e-learning is on the front-end of “the Instruction” before practice with feedback helps learn “How To” perform and not just absorb facts and abstractions.
Sometime “the Instruction” is simply a library of e-Job Aids, such as online SOPs, facilitating on-the-job performance without any e-learning in the blend at all. Or group-paced, instructor-led training. Or “Orientation” and “Task How To” videos.
Most times the issues call for a blend of Instructional & Informational modes and media.
But before deciding on modes and media – focus on the Performance Requirements of key Target Audiences. Don’t lose focus by attempting to create content for everyone. Don’t focus on Topics. Focus on Tasks.
Think Task-Oriented Content.
And then think about how easy then, to measure, compared to Topic-Oriented Content.
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