Method in Madness: An Approach to Learning Design Using Information Mapping

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2015 - March 26, 2015

Aparna Sridhar

Lead Learning Developer
IBM India

Naganandini Sridhar

Manager, Education Services
IBM India

Learning developers face a multitude of challenges. They need to convert complex technical information into simple learnable material within a short time frame. The developers work with multiple delivery modes and are overly dependent on tools.

Learners struggle with information overload and short attention span, among other things. Therefore, they look for well-structured information that is relevant and quickly accessible. In this session, you will be introduced to the principles of information mapping that help in addressing the challenges of both learners and those developing learning solutions. You will discover how information mapping breaks complex information into simple and easy-to-comprehend chunks, reusing the same content to cater to audiences with varied skill sets. You will also discuss how this approach helps learning developers save time and better respond to short development cycles. By applying the principles, you can classify and tag information that helps the learners to quickly scan relevant information and aids in better retention.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to chunk information into manageable units
  • How to align information mapping principles with Gagné’s nine events of instruction
  • How to reuse learning objects and avoid duplication of effort
  • How to use DITA with information mapping
  • How to use information mapping to cater to various skill levels of the learners (beginner to expert)
  • How to convert raw data into meaningful information
  • How to generate your own information maps with the help of information mapping

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
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