An Introduction to the Learning Architecture

The Learning Architecture is a set of guidelines to help us design and deliver effective learning. It’s not a checklist nor a set of rules that we have to follow exactly. It’s a set of ideas that we should think about and guidance for how we can design learning so that it’s engaging and most importantly effective.

Bringing learning to life

In this video, Global Innovation & Learning Director Atish Gonsalves explains why the Academy decided to partner with Sea Salt Learning to create the Learning Architecture, and how it can benefit the humanitarian sector as a whole.

Introduction to the Learning Architecture

In this video, Founder of Sea Salt Learning Julian Stodd explains how using the Learning Architecture can have a positive impact on the way you design and deliver learning.

The eight pillars of the Learning Architecture are:

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The eight pillars of the Learning Architecture are:

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The eight pillars of the Learning Architecture are:

Scaffolded Social Learning

A set of tools you can use to build on the learning methodology framework, specifically focusing on how individuals operate within a learning community to make sense of the learning and share their understanding.


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Learning Methodology

A framework for learning design that can be used to addresses the delivery of, and engagement with, a social learning programme.


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Learning Communities

How Learning Communities are formed, what makes them cohesive and effective, the importance of environment, the role of technology and how to support and safeguard these incubators for communities of practice.


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Storytelling

The ways stories are used in learning, and to support ongoing performance.


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Choreography

Addresses the quality of the experience and the cadence of learning.


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Spaces and Permission

The rules and consequences of engagement in both communities of practice and what you can do to build a true learning culture.


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Agility

A mindset and approach. To ensure learning supports performance and is not simply an abstract exercise.


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Games

The role of game mechanics and game dynamics in learning, with a focus on using the underlying behaviours of collaboration, competition, and cooperation in learning design.


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Learning Design Cards

These Learning Design cards are supplementary to all the sections of the Learning Architecture, feel free to use them as you wish.


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