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How do you create effective learning and training experiences that will engage your employees? The answer may surprise you: create a learning architecture.
April 27, 2021

As we emerge from the disruption of the pandemic, the clamor to reskill entire workforces is not just a calling for single enterprises – it’s been cited as the key to economic recovery. The good news is that some of the businesses we all know so well are allocating massive investments toward this audacious goal.

Allocating funds is one great step forward; yet actually executing on that commitment is quite another. How, in fact, do you create effective learning and training experiences that will engage your employees? The answer might surprise you: create a learning architecture.

LEARNING ARCHITECTURE ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT

In a recent article from The Training Industry, Oxygen’s Alex M.Dunne writes,

“Learning architectures help an organization wrangle the complexities of information and scale by creating a flexible structure that truly delivers learning experiences with measurable impact to your people.”

Learning architectures function similarly to building architectures; they are the structural foundation everything else is built on. A learning architecture starts with the business deciding on a scope of no more than three desired outcomes and working backwards from that.

One of the key artifacts of a learning architecture is developing an experience map. As Alex says, “The experience map brings all of these components together. It shows what you need to build, the expected dimensions in minutes or pages, the flow from step to step, and the incremental achievements or objectives at each step that accrue to the expected outcome.” If the learning architecture is the framework, the experience map is the action plan.

One of the key artifacts of a learning architecture is developing an experience map. As Alex says,

“The experience map brings all of these components together. It shows what you need to build, the expected dimensions in minutes or pages, the flow from step to step, and the incremental achievements or objectives at each step that accrue to the expected outcome.”

Read Alex’s full article, Start with the Outcome: Architecting Employee Training for Organizational Success, on The Training Industry website.

Ready to create an effective, engaging, scalable learning architecture for your company? Contact Oxygen today to inspire your employees and transform your business.

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