When doesn’t this Framework work?

The Digital Learning Asset Framework is designed specifically for training media. But just because the Training department made it, that doesn’t make it training.

If you’ve not yet considered what the difference between media designed for learning and media designed for informing, please do.

Here’s the key differentiator we use: was the asset actually optimized for learning?

If the answer is “no” then we would call this information, and this Framework would be an awkward fit. We’d recommend you not try to use it.

If “yes” then it’s suitable for the Framework, and will work wonderfully for you.

  • Who was this content optimized for?
  • To learn what?
  • How will you know when that has happened?
  • Who says?
  • What else is this content dependent upon or related to?

The Framework helps us capture all these answers so we can leverage them to better make, manage, and measure content — and ultimately to do better by our learners.

If you don’t have answers to these questions for any given asset, what you’re making may still be very important, but it is not really training now is it?

If you disagree, please do so in the comments below.