More Issues Addressed by the second edition of Training Design Basics

Besides guidance on how to design training programs, what else does the second edition of Training Design Basics, now available from the ATD Press, addresses questions like these:

  • What’s the difference between a format and a medium?
  • What are the basic instructional strategies used in training programs?
  • What options exist for performance without training?
  • What is the assertion-evidence approach for preparing slides and screens used in instructional programs?
  • What is the instructional designer’s role in the implementation of training programs?

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca

What else does the second edition of Training Design Basics address?

Besides guidance on how to design training programs, what else does the second edition of Training Design Basics, now available from the ATD Press, address?

Among the other questions addressed are these:

  • How does the amount of time needed to develop an e-learning program differ from the time needed to develop a face-to-face classroom program?
  • How do you present a needs assessment to sponsors?
  • What roles do scenarios and personas play in assessing needs for a training program?
  • What comes first: the course or the test?

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca

What does the second edition of Training Design Basics address?

What does the second edition of Training Design Basics, now available from the ATD Press, cover?

Among the many questions it addresses are these:

  • How do you design a training program, whether it’s live or self-study?
  • Do you really have to complete every last step in the phases of ADDIE when revising an instructional program?
  • How similar are the activities in designing face-to-face and live virtual courses? Face-to-face and self-study programs?

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca

Second Edition of Popular Instructional Design Book Now Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

(Alexandria, Virginia) The second edition of best-selling book, Training Design Basics Basics, by Saul Carliner is now available from the ATD Press.

Like the first edition, this new edition of Training Design Basics guides new course developers and instructors, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and others who find themselves responsible for doing so, through the process of designing and developing their first training programs. In addition to explaining how to design face-to-face classroom and workbook-based courses, this new edition also addresses the design of two types of online courses: live virtual classroom and self-study tutorials. After introducing readers to guiding concepts of adult learning and human performance improvement and providing an overview training design projects, Training Design Basics explains how to analyze a project, then design, develop, implement, and evaluate the program resulting from the analysis. This edition of the book maintains the practical approach that made the first edition so popular, with additional insights arising from years of use of the first edition by practicing professionals. For example, unlike other instructional design books that primarily focus on the analysis and evaluation phases, this book continues to emphasize the design and development phases, along with practical guidance to course designers on the implementation of their courses. Worksheets for each phase of the process help readers apply the concepts in the book in their own instructional design projects, as does a companion website with other resources and advice.

Author Saul Carliner is an internationally-known expert on training and communication. He is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning at Concordia University in Montreal. Also an industry consultant, Carliner provides strategic planning and instructional design services to organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas to clients such as Alltel Wireless, IBM, Lowe’s, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, Turkish Management Centre, and several US and Canadian government agencies. His previous books include the award-winning Informal Learning Basics and e-Learning Handbook, and popular An Overview of Online Learning He has received the  Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research and Jay Gould Award for Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication, and the Alumni Teaching Award from his university.    He is a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication, a past research fellow of ATD, and a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

ATD Press is the publishing arm of the Association for Talent Development, the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 125 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Training-Design-Basics-2. The book is also available from amazon.com, amazon.ca, bn.com, and indigo.ca

Even If It Feels Alright, It Might Not Be

In Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs, Sharon Boller describes five common beliefs and practices that persist among instructional designers despite the fact that the research evidence contradicts it.  She also explains how to avert these practices.

Check them out at http://www.bottomlineperformance.com/learning-theories-gone-wild-urban-myths-can-hurt-learning-designs/.

Should Educators Place All of Their Learning Eggs in the Discovery Learning Basket?

The question is raised in the context of a major shift in the school curriculum in the context of Alberta in a recent article in the National Post. 

Among the concerns raised are two meta-analyses (studies of research studies) have shown that “unassisted discovery [learning] does not benefit learners.”

Unassisted discovery refers to learning that occurs without the intervention of teachers. This also plays a significant role in the informal learning that some people advocate for the workplace.

Unassisted discovery learning contrasts with assisted discovery learning, which includes scaffolding (providing various types of support so that learners can successfully achieve the learning objectives) and feedback, which provides learners with outside insights on their discovery processes.  Some assisted discovery learning also establishes a foundation of knowledge before sending students to discover.

Read more about the studies and the situation in Alberta at http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/28/does-discovery-learning-prepare-alberta-students-for-the-21st-century-or-will-it-toss-out-a-top-tier-education-system/.

A “Periodic Table of Instructional Design”

An enterprising instructional designer developed a visual representation of specific activities during the instructional design process that is inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements used in chemistry.

The table assumes that ADDIE is the basis of instructional design.  Within each of the activities of ADDIE, the author of the table identifies a significant number of activities that instructional designers perform.

A great example of both an infographic and ingenuity.

View the table at http://check-n-click.com/periodic-table-of-instructional-design/.