Over the past year we have been publishing extracts from The New Learning Architect. We continue with the eighth part of chapter 11:
The final step in the process is an obvious one but no less important for that. However well you define your audience and your needs, and however carefully you design your solution, the chances of you getting it right first time are slim. With the design of buildings you have some flexibility to adapt as you move into construction, in response to unforeseen problems and new ideas; with a learning architecture, the process of adaptation is on-going and continuous – you will constantly be finding ways in which your overall strategy can be improved. The creation of a learning architecture is not a project, with a clear end date after which the team can be disbanded; it is an on-going responsibility for the l&d team.
The processes of implementation and evaluation will be enhanced if all major stakeholders are involved throughout. In most cases, that will mean the team that manages your target population and representatives of the population itself. Their input will be invaluable in making sure your strategy is well-targeted, realistic and achievable. They will also be the best placed to measure whether the strategy is bringing the desired results.
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