Friday, August 19, 2005

Thiagi's ID & Jay's Informal Learning

Thiagi’s article, “Faster, Cheaper, Better”: < >, had me recall what Jay Cross said about formal and informal learning for his coming project, here: < > I don’t know how I made the connection between the thoughts of the two thinkers, but you might reach a similar conclusion when you visit the two above links, and then post a comment here.

If you’re in a hurry, you could read the quote copied from Thiagi’s article and pasted, below; it can give you a summary of his idea.  (Btw, I learned about Thiagi’s article through a post to a discussion on

“Focus on activities instead of content. We believe that an effective training package should contain these ABC elements: activities, behavioral outcomes, and content. We also believe that these elements should be tightly aligned with each other to avoid teaching one thing, testing something else, and using a procedure that proclaims "Don't do what I do. Just do what I say!"

Cool; …What do you think?

1 comment:

Buthaina Al Othman said...

OK. Since no one has commented on the previous post,I mean on the quote by Thiagi: "Some Closing Thoughts

Three decades ago, when I first entered the United States--and my career as an instructional designer--I remember a prediction that programmed instruction (the precursor to systematic instructional design) is dying of premature hardening of categories. I was skeptical of the claim since everybody else was proclaiming that the educational revolution has been finally won. But the prediction was true. The rigid behavioristic model that informed instructional design during those days was soon replaced by an information-processing model and later by a constructivist model. This repetitive history has transformed me into a rigid eclectic. My model for instructional design is to combine what works, irrespective of what ism it is based on. I have borrowed principles and procedures indiscriminately from such disciplines as creativity, chaos theory, complexity, improvisation, self-adaptive systems, anthropology, and paradox management. In the process of continuously changing my design models, I have figured out that I am a long way from arriving at a final version.".
Aren't we all, Thiagi?

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