How do I design for modern learning w/ Crystal Kadakia

Crystal Kadakia - Photo by Dan DeLong
Crystal Kadakia – Photo by Dan DeLong

Crystal Kadakia is the co-creator of the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design Model and the co-author of the book Designing for Modern Learning – Beyond ADDIE and SAM.

The model addresses the need to surround employees / learners with what she calls learning assets designed to close performance gaps.

There are four principle and five actions which underlie the model.

As you’ll hear in this chat with Crystal, a lot of organizations focus on designing content for learning rather than designing content for learners.

This is where you need to understand the relevance of learning personas. 

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The gap in your model

We benchmarked over 50 different learning models and learning theories.

We looked at how things have changed over the last 50 years and we started noticing one very fundamental gap.

All of our instructional design models are focused on helping learning & development design just one thing really well.

That one thing could be a class, a course, a program, a set of videos.

For any of the complex capabilities that you have learned, you've probably learned those skills from multiple sources, not just one – Crystal Kadakia TWEET THIS

But if I asked you about a skill you have and how you learned to do it, you probably wouldn’t say, “Oh! there was just this one video that I watched and that gave me everything I needed…”

For any of the complex capabilities that you have learned, you’ve probably learned those skills through multiple sources, right?

So we created a model to help training professionals design learning smartly and strategically when you’re designing more than one

Take-aways you don’t want to miss

  • What Learning Cluster Design is
  • What the Learning Cluster Design model is
  • What Learner profiles and learning personas are
  • What are the 5 key LCD action points
  • Which 5 actions make up the LCD Model

Some resources for you

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Designing for Modern Learning – Crystal and Lisa’s book for learning design
The Art & Science of Training – Elaine Biech’s book on learning science


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