I’ve mentioned before that I am looking to completely redesign the learning environment at my organization.
Because what I am doing just doesn’t work anymore.
My clients can’t get the reports we need out of our current structure.
And I can’t seem to help them with what I have.
Folks are purchasing (often unnecessarily) external tutorials and want to put them in our LMS. For the reports, not really for access. The process is long, complicated, and kludgy (despite improvements).
The compliance train is a’comin.
The need for accountability is a’comin. (I’m amazed we’ve gotten away with it for this long)
And the solutions I’ve provided for the past 8+ years just won’t scale to address any of that.
There is a lot that goes into redesigning the learning environment:
– Changing the way I design solutions (I hate to say “training” because that implies that a course is an appropriate solution)
– Changing my tool set (all of it)
– Empowering others to create solutions that suit their needs.
– Figuring out what metrics we need to make our performance support interventions more effective.
– Finding ways to incorporate the whole shebang into a system that is easy to use for EVERYONE.
Needless to say – I find myself going into overwhelm with it all.
Jonathan Fields had a very timely post – Embrace the Thrash
The best way I can explain this is through the process of writing a major paper – such as a Master’s thesis.
It’s that point in the process where I am grabbing as much material as possible even remotely related to the subject at hand. The hypothesis isn’t formed. I don’t know what the narrative is. I’m sifting through stuff trying to suss out trends and gaps.
It’s chaotic – filled with half-baked ideas, ill-defined plans, and no great way to communicate what is a very cloudy vision.
At some point in your journey, you’ve got to create a specific vision to hold in your mind and give you the intention and purpose, something for the Universe to respond to. But you also need to allow yourself the time to do a lot of tinkering, trying, experimenting and messing up in order to even get a sense of what the elements of a vision that is strong enough to fuel unwavering daily action are. And, here’s the scary part, that process can last for years. – Jonathan Fields
I am chest-deep in the Thrash right now.
I feel pressure to make changes NOW.
To create the final product when I am not yet done with the research.
Just one more reference.
Just a little more time.
Just another variable that needs to fall into place.
And trust that this process will lead to clarity.