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aXles: the Arboth methodology

Here, you can find a brief introduction to aXles, Arboth's methodology to analyse and design learning solutions.
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We, at Arboth, are convinced that in most cases, a blended learning solution is the most viable. Depending on the learning challenge at hand, that blend can include 4 main approaches.

Those four approaches relate to each other on a 2-dimensional grid:

  • FOCUS: whether the solution should focus on content or on the learner
  • DESIGN: whether you should follow principles of instructional design or information management.

This results in 4 quadrants:

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  1. eXpose   Simply making information available to people in a structured and easily accessible way. For example: quick reference cards, databases, videos, ...
  2. eXplain   Some subjects are simply too complex to be discovered by the learner on his/her own. It would just take too much time. That is where good instructional design starts to play. Example: learning new procedures and systems. Continuously check progress of the learner.
  3. eXperience   eXpose and eXplain are primarily cognitive processes. When a subject also needs to touch on emotions and attitudes, people have to be presented those learning experiences that make them feel the importance and the impact. Example: simulations, role play, escape rooms, ...
  4.  eXchange  Last but not least: the social dimension. Knowledge, skill and attitude is not only documented on paper, but also in heads of people. This quadrant points to sharing and social learning.  Example: enterprise social netwerk, communities of practice, ...

aXles also incorporates the elements of the environment (eXploit or context variables) and the learner (eXcite or motivational variables). In our blog, you can find concrete examples of applying aXles to real-life cases, or how it relates to research, existing learning theories and the many hypes you will encounter in L&D. 

the axles name

aXles stands for Arboth's eXtended Learning EcoSystem. 

That seems pretty self-explanatory, but there is more to the story. Remember how everybody claims the wheel is one of the biggest inventions ever?
That is partially true. Not to downplay the wheel, but it only became a usable tool once the axle or rod was added to the equation.
Only when you have an axle, you can connect the wheel to a machine or connect multiple wheels.

And that is what aXles tries to do: connecting different learning solutions to create a learning environment that really fits the needs of the individual and the organistation.

Fun fact: the emphasized X in aXles not only relates to the naming of its 10 elements, but also the the Roman number X, which of course also stands for 10!