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Monday, June 12, 2006

Blowing Up ADDIE? And Availability in Learning Design.

Brent Schlenker's blog in an article entitled More BW on Web2.0 and Blowing up the ADDIE model pointed me to a whitepaper by Neil Lasher entitled The 4A’s of Learning Design. Brent's post and the whitepaper both point out that we need to look at learning design differently in the age of the need for rapid learning design and The Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids.

While Neil's whitepaper is somewhat underwhelming because it doesn't give much prescription on how to accomplish rapid learning design, it does point out how eLearning Courseware that relies heavily on present-review models are often not great design.

The other really great point that struck me was the simple way he cast the issue of "availability." In particular he suggests that we design for (a) learn, use and forget and (b) always re-findable. I would ask if putting content in courseware buried in an LMS is ever going to meet these two requirements.

Good stuff Brent and Neil.

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