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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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Showing My Work: A New Kind of Kickoff

So this week, I am starting a new elearning project at work and with the help of a super-supportive supervisor and a fellow IDS, I decided to use a different approach that was a combination of Cathy Moore’s action-mapping and a SAM-type rapid prototyping model.

The results are in: I love, love, love the results! Here’s why:

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