Instructional Design or Architected Learning?

I have little doubt this title may foster a defensive posture by some readers even before consumption of the first paragraph is complete. On the other hand, it may prompt the question, “What’s the difference?” My hope is that no reader feels the need to defend long-held traditions of instruction design (ISD). The objective of writing this short piece is to position that the art of ISD is a subset of an architected learning solution…and…the architecture of a learning solution, shaped by the work environment it supports, becomes a key…

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Building a Learning Ecosystem? – Define Readiness First

To some, the words “learning ecosystem” may smack of jargon, or at a minimum, offer a veiled attempt to spin an old tale by attaching a new title. Not so. Google “learning ecosystems” and prepare to wade through over 12 million returns. Funny thing – I Googled that phrase a few years ago and found only a fraction of what is there today. It would not surprise me if there were as many definitions as hits, each with a degree of correctness. I say that because a learning ecosystem tends…

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Learning Brokers Force Training to the Edge

Moving the workforce into a state of readiness holds profound implications of producing performance and tangible outcomes that consistently contribute to sustained capability in any organization. It goes without saying that readiness is a desired state for the entirety of the organization’s workforce despite the diversity of work unit contributions. The one business unit in particular that carries mission-critical responsibility to be in a state of readiness is the Training organization. Their mission, if they do it well, should carry the responsibility to enable every other business unit’s workforce contribution…

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Work Context Is Ground Zero for Expanded Role of Training

Recent posts I have made referenced a concept I support “learning ecosystems”, and why I’m convinced training organizations have a call-to-action to expand their role. To make that case, I put forth a few questions to consider - "How many sales deals do sales reps close in the classroom? How many process decisions preventing creation of material waste do managers make while taking an on-line training course? How many impactful customer complaints are resolved in training role-plays or simulations?" If your answers range from “none” to “nada”, then another question…

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In the Race for Sustained Capability, Training Just Got Lapped…Again!

After thirty plus years in corporate training and cross-industry learning leadership roles, I can say with confidence that the velocity of change has been greater in the world of business operations than it has in the world of training. Certainly, countless new technologies surfaced over the years as innovative enhancements in the training world, but for many, the application of these technologies merely enabled the function of training to fall short even faster and with less human intervention. The shift to e-learning, all too often, became a digitized version of…

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Free-Range Education: The Urgency to Integrate FREd into Corporate Training

Have you ever thought of something radical and then mustered up the courage to share it in a forum of your peers? Three things can happen, or should I say have happened when I have managed to find myself in this position: (1) They get excited and want to know more; (2) They say nothing and put on a trout-like stare with gaping mouth; or (3) They laugh out loud, saying nothing, and just shake their heads like you are indeed the village idiot who they expected as much from…

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Buck Tradition & Bust a Few Paradigms

Sounds downright subversive, maybe even a wee bit scandalous does it not? Very likely, this title may imply behavior that is a little risky too. Personally, I think it is high time we view risk as a catalyst, not a restrainer...and that could be “too much caffeine” doing the talking. Seriously, it is time to act on the risks that threaten training as we know it. Please do not confuse passionate posturing of an idea with a radical rant, though what you read in this post has earmarks of both.…

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