I can't for the life of me remember how I came across this paper from Neil Lasher on the 4A's of Learning Design, so apologies for not giving credit to the person behid the heads-up. There's nothing very new here, but the paper is well laid out and the arguments well developed. Perhaps it resonates with me, because it reflects a fair amount of my own current thinking. ADDIE adherents might find it challenging. Lasher starts with Bloom and Gagne and then moves on to his 4A's which are:
- Attraction - drawing the user in
- Attention - retaining the user's focus
- Availability - which could perhaps equally be called Access
- Application - enticing the user to apply the new knowledge
I believe that the horrifying deterioration in the ethical conduct of people today stems from the mechanization and dehumanization of our lives - the disastrous by-product of the scientific and technical mentality. Nostra culpa. Man grows cold faster than the planet he inhabits.I wonder what he would have made of our currently connected, technology driven world! But I digress...)
Whether or not it was Einstein, this is very much what I am driving towards. Lasher calls it "Learn, use and forget." I want to create a resource that delivers the goods so that learners will come back to it again and again, trusting that it will provide them with usable, workable solutions.
I stuck a bit on the last A: Application. Lasher talks about the need to show the learner the benefit of applying the learning. Is the current trend not making this obsolete? If the learning is designed to meet the need of the learner in the workplace, presumably the motivation to apply the learning is already there. Did the learner not access the material in the first place to acquire learning for the precise purpose of applying it then and there? This is what I'm aiming for.