This, I think, is important. My perspective is that things like goals and needs assessments are just a way of getting to the “root” — what is it you are really trying to do and what do we need to include to get there. Personally, I like a hierarchical task analysis — start with the end result and work back through everything the learner needs to know to meet the objective and then decide the prerequisite knowledge. It just all feels “similar”.

I primarily wrote this because I keep telling colleagues I can explain DMAIC in five sentences. When they hear it, there is a “light bulb” moment — what every teacher and instructional designer wants from the result of their work!

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Chris is the co-author of seven books and author of more than 70 articles and book chapters in technical, management, and information security publications.

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