Each week that I am able to participate in #lrnchat discussion I post a summary of the discussion to my blog. I do this both for my personal development as well as sharing with the Learning and Development Profession at large. This summary is based on my own interpretations of the chat; others who participated may have differing opinions or interpretations of the discussion. I welcome those that do to add your ideas to the comments.
The topic of this week’s #lrnchat session was “Information vs. Instruction”
Q2) Which are more important “learning outcomes” or “performance outcomes”?
Q3) What do you do/say when stakeholders want a “course” from L&D that is really just information?
Q4) What differentiates information design from instructional design?
Key Learning Points
Information and Instruction are terms that are often used interchangeably, especially by stakeholders in reference to learning and performance programs. These terms, while related, are not interchangeable. For Learning Professionals, understanding the differences between information and instruction is critical. These differences not only affect the design and implementation of a Learning and Performance program, they could determine whether the Learning Professional’s support is even required.
- What do you need learners to DO with that info?
- If it’s simply a matter of providing information, there are better/easier ways to do it than a “course”.
- Tell me what is going on and what you are trying to accomplish.