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The essential role of the Learning Architect explained, 3 May 2011
You know this book is going to be really useful and practical right from the beginning as a double index first outlines the Contents, as you might expect, then gives an Index of learning opportunities described within four key chapters. These relate to formal, non-formal, on-demand and experiential learning and various approaches that can be utilised effectively when designing learning.
An introduction contrasts the role of the learning architect with that of an architect designing buildings. The description of the different way these two architects are treated by those commissioning their services should be read by all concerned in the L&D commissioning process, and especially by senior management.
The early chapters deal with important issues, for example How people learn, and Bottom Up and Top Down Learning initiatives. This background provides the foundation for the full benefits of the practical applications found in the remaining chapters. Wonderful notes are added at the end of itemised learning opportunities sections mentioned in the index, which give situations when an approach would be an excellent option to take, matched with a description describing when it would definitely not be the best approach at all, despite appearances.
Finally, one of the best bits about this book is that interleaved between each chapter is a Profile of a leading learning architect and gives some really interesting stories of how people have succeeded being, or in some cases becoming, a learning architect, and their varied learning designs. The book structure also shows practical application of our current knowledge of how people learn.