I just had one of those light bulb moments for an instructional designer.
I’m working on a project that I was involved with 2 years ago. I know the material, vaguely, but the details are lost on me. The easiest way to explain it is that I’m creating leader content for general content that I did a few years ago – so to do this I need to reacquaint myself with some of the finer details and “how to” information.
My “come to Jesus” moment looked like this:
Me: hey, when and how does <this role> do <this action>?
SME: that’s covered in <this training>
Me: (inside my head) I don’t have TIME to take a 20 minute WBT, I just need the freaking answer
I wrote that 20 minute WBT a few years ago. It’s good stuff. It’s informative. I recommend it. But when push comes to shove I didn’t want to take it because I didn’t want 18 minutes of context to get the simple answers I was looking for fast to get another task finished.
This is good, as it reaffirms things that I believe about learning. But every time you affirm or learn, you have to act. My question is, “now what?”