Architecture of Learning Drafting Table: Introduction


Thank you for your interest in the online Architecture of Learning Drafting Table developed by Clerestory Learning. The Drafting Table is an instructional design tool that helps users plan teaching based on the way the brain learns.

To access the Drafting Table, go to, click Drafting Table, and register — it’s free! Every registered user can create, save, and edit up to three Architecture of Learning blueprints and rubrics. Users can access saved blueprints and rubrics 24/7.

Architecture of Learning Blueprints
Architecture of Learning uses three types of Blueprints based on three types of subject matter: content, such as constructing understanding of an historical event; skill, such as learning how to eliminate unnecessary modifiers from writing; and combination, such as knowing when and how to apply a mathematical equation to solve a problem. If you wanted to design a unit on Macbeth, you might choose skill because the students would need to develop skills to access the text and also be able to understand the history for context. You might title the Blueprint Macbeth.

If you have attended the Architecture of Learning Basic Course or read the book, The Architecture of Learning by Dr. Kevin Washburn, this Blueprint will look familiar to you. We have digitized it so that you can focus solely on designing the excellent instruction that students need and not worry about technical issues like formatting tables. Each strand contains several activities that correlate to a specific process in the brain. Using the Blueprint as a guide helps ensure those processes are addressed to maximize student learning.

We’ve recently implemented a new rich text editor. This allows you to add formatting, such as lists, bullets, indention, bold and italicized fonts, and underlining. You can even add pictures. Once you have made changes to your Blueprints, you can do several things — save it, print it, email it to yourself, or even share it with a colleague.

Architecture of Learning Rubrics
Rubrics work the same way. Specify how many ideas you would like to assess, and you’re ready to build your assessment tool. Customize it, then save, print, email, or share it.

While all registered users enjoy these features, we are happy to announce several new, advanced features now available to all registered users who become subscribers. Additional details on subscriber-level features are explained on our Drafting Table: Subscriber Features page.

June 2012