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Is there one? Context: Trying to define a learning workflow like below in trello

Knowledge deficit area => Getting a rough idea => Building a foundation => Applying the knowledge

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    Current jargon in US education is "assessment." Consider "initial assessment" in this context. – Rob_Ster Feb 18 '16 at 17:11
  • introduction, introductory phase – CDM Feb 18 '16 at 17:13
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    Conjecture, theorize, hypothesize, surmise, speculate sound okay? – NVZ Feb 18 '16 at 18:02
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    First pass (or just pass) is something I see a lot of. "Take a pass at it and see if it's doable". Pass? Outside of context it doesn't mean rough idea. Still, I thought I'd mention it. – user116032 Feb 20 '16 at 1:40
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    I'd say gist if a noun, but I suppose I'd say acquainting if a progressive verb. – stevesliva Feb 20 '16 at 7:00
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draft seems like it would fit.

It's both a verb and a noun.

draft - Any of various stages in the development of a plan, document, or picture:

First we'll identify the area of knowledge deficit, then we'll draft a solution.

Here is a draft of our solution proposal.

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reconnaissance

preliminary surveying or research. "conducting client reconnaissance"

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