Our IPT Philosophy

Systems theory extends our classical methods of inquiry and suggests the relationship among the component elements of things is at least as important as the nature of the elements. In the words of Von Bertalanffy: “Concepts like wholeness, organization, teleology and directedness appeared in mechanistic science to be unscientific or metaphysical. Today they are taken seriously and are amenable to scientific analysis.”

As we change our perspective about the nature of things, the systems approach leads us into new fields of inquiry. Instructional and Performance Technology is one those new fields driven by the systems approach. What is unique and exciting about Instructional and Performance Technology is the search for the strange brew of factors which facilitate human learning and performance.

How does success with Instructional and Performance Technology occur? What are the tools of a systems engineer? Quite simply, success is dependent on two factors: a goal and a method or process to achieve the goal. Human systems have the capability to organize and exhibit goal directed behavior. With out goals, human or open systems tend to stay in a steady, inertia like state. In the field of Instructional and Performance Technology, there are many systems methods. Generally speaking, most of these approaches are approximated by the tried and true, ADDIE. That is: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation. The systems method works and leads to success.