Human Performance Technology:
The emergence of a new field
Having borrowed principles from behavioral and humanistic psychology, many of the key thinkers in human performance technology (HPT) were involved in the early days of instructional design, looking to extend principles beyond the classroom and into areas such as business operations and management, prison rehab, or the Job Corps.
Geary Rummler, a pioneer in HPT, frames its evolution in 2 distinct phases:
- foundational development (1950s–1960s)
- dissemination and application (1970s–present)
Timeline: human performance technology, 1930s to present
Dissemination and application
Technology, cognitive psychology, and clearer standards
The internet age and a focus on value
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Human performance technology helps people be more effective and successful in the workplace.
Frameworks and Thinkers
Understand the big ideas in human performance technology and its key theorists.
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