What If Ideas

Towards a Model for Professional Development

I just started reading Cathy Moore’s Map It (great, clear writing! enjoying it so far) and I started thinking about the problems I’ve been having so far with helping to create good professional development experiences. I’ve spent a large part of my ID career (nearly every job, in fact) working for organizations that want to create and sell PD courses for people in a particular profession. Previously, I’ve been using a sort of bastardized version of action mapping along with SAM to try and get work done, but lately, I’ve been frustrated because my processes don’t seem to be turning out the quality product that I’m happy with. I pinged Cathy on Twitter and she sent me to her Action Mapping interactive to check if action mapping would work for my current client, which I took and received a “maybe”.

So, right now, I’m at a point where I’m looking for a model, a structure, a repeatable process that works for orgs that create professional development to sell. I don’t know the right answer, but I’m doing my thinking out loud.

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Civic Learning: An Idea Generated from Torrance Learning’s Download Un-Conference

If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you’ll have seen me working with one overarching idea for a while: what might it look like to have a vendor-agnostic community of practice for instructional design and development for newbie instructional designers? I went through various iterations myself (AWSM Prompts, then Go Design Something) and I’ve known other colleagues who were also interested in this idea, most notably Jennifer Maddrell who has put in a ton of work with her team on Designers for Learning. So it was only natural that I would begin to shop this question with every bunch of victims colleagues I could find.

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