T&D: What Does a Performance Analyst & Instructional Architect Do?

Truth In Titling

That’s been a thing of mine since the 1980s.

I’ve read too many titles of Instructional content that did not clearly describe what was contained inside – in fact sometimes it was a deceptive title – suggesting content and post-capabilities that would not be true. And worse, I very much dislike “cute” titles. Save those for a sub-title I always suggest to the lovers of such cuteness.

I’ve seen too many job titles that did not capture the essence of what the roles/responsibilities were. That may have snared a candidate – with some catchy WOW factor – but then that often leads to job dissatisfaction once the beguiled figure it out.

I’ve been confronted with too many head-scratchers – so to speak – in my 40 years in the biz. That kind of thing just slows people down as they try to figure it out.

And I’m all about going fast – even if it means – going slow to go fast.

I only want to slow people down when I wish them to focus, ponder and internalize some thing. But not everything.

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So This Post Is About Truth in Titling

My self-titled job is: Performance Analyst and Instructional Architect – because that’s at the heart of what I do.

When I architect Instruction – “chunk it” some may say – I use what I have learned in the analysis of the terminal Performance – to segment (chunk) it into 5 different types (see the graphic above) and sub-types for each of those 5.

And then I name those chunks of Instruction as they become Modules within Events (Chapters within Books) and are placed – in a suggested sequence – on a Path – using three levels of Instructional Intent/Goals:

  • Awareness
  • Knowledge
  • Skill

Awareness – when you indicate first to the developers – and then to the target audience and their managers – that this is an Overview of a Topic or Task – you would label it: “Overview of: XYZ” on the Path, Event or Module.

Knowledge – when you indicate first to the developers – and then to the target audience and their managers – that this is a set of content that dives into the performance-needed Details of a Topic or Task – you would label it: “XYZ” on the Path, Event or Module.

Skill – when you indicate first to the developers – and then to the target audience and their managers – that this is an Skills-Building set of content on a Topic or Task – you would label it: “How To: XYZ” on the Path, Event or Module.

I’ve been labeling Content – Instructional Content – on my Curriculum Architecture Design Paths – this way since the late 1980s. When my clients let me. Sometimes they did not.

Job Aids (Guidance or Performance Support or Quick-Reference Guides) would of course be in the third category of Instructional Intent: Skill.

Circling Back

My self-titled job is: Performance Analyst and Instructional Architect – because those two things ares at the heart of what I do. But it goes further.

And one of the things I do to speed Performance Competence development, is by using a Truth In Titling approach in labeling what I Architect – based on what the Analysis tells me is both performance relevant and appropriate.

Happy New Year!

May you find your route and methods for speeding Performance Competence development in the New Year!

Cheers!

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