All training content is NOT created equal. The real value of instructional content depends on an appropriate blending of business goals, performance standards, and audience needs. The sweetest outcomes are produced through design diligence.
At Enspire, we often talk about levels of knowledge and skills acquisition as similar to language acquisition: do learners need to be conversant, literate, or fluent in applying the content? Of course, the answer is, “It depends.” It depends on the context of usage.
Task context is far more important than content details.
Continuing the culinary allegory, training courses too often resemble an ingredients list (i.e., the content details). To make it delicious and nutritious, we must also measure and combine the ingredients in the proper proportions and order of steps (i.e., the task context).
Cut the empty content calories from your training mix.
One-size-fits-all recipes create flavorless fare. The put-in-everything-you-got recipes cause heartburn and headaches. Just-right recipes are loaded with context and seasoned with the details.
Bon appetit, y’all.