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Learning Architecture

Toolkit for a Learning Center of Excellence

What is Learning Architecture?

LA is the set of rules that help deploy learning so that it impacts the organisation’s bottom-line. It is the strong skeleton of your learning body, mapping the agreed upon learning needs and L&D strategies in relation to the business needs. It involves:

  • Taking a holistic view of learning objectives
  • Stepping back from single programmes and individual learners, and
  • Designing a system that aligns learning and development activities to your business goals

My organisation has a learning department. Why do I need to know about Learning Architecture?

As businesses evolve, leaders are looking towards L&D not just to run training programs and report attendance. Their role in building a learning culture has become more important than ever. Without a Learning Architecture, business leaders wouldn’t know where to prioritize and deploy resources to achieve the most important business goals.

How does Learning Architecture help build a Learning Culture?

By formalising learning as a process and creating the boundaries for every employee to learn, LA encourages reflection and sharing of what is being learnt. LA helps bring the learning philosophy or strategy to life and empowers employees to take ownership of their learning.

What are the tools that are deployed by Learning Architecture?

Learning Architecture is a map of how the organisation learns and different tools support its deployment like:

  • Learning Strategy
  • Learning Policy
  • Learning process (and workflows to link to your Learning Management System)
  • Learning Forms, including but not limited to:
    • Learning Needs Identification Form
    • Individual Development Planning process
    • Training Feedback forms
  • Learning Effectiveness and Evaluation solutions

What are the key disciplines within Learning Architecture?

Learning Architecture A at Samriddhi draws from multiple disciplines – for example, performance coaching, instructional design, curriculum design, knowledge management, learner engagement and so on. These help us in blending different formats within the organisation’s learning architecture, depending on the culture of the company and the business need. Some of the innovative formats we have used successfully are:

  • On-demand learning,
  • Peer learning,
  • Communities of Practice,
  • Podcasts, and
  • Social learning

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