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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

Is Baltimore County’s Possible Investment in Educational Technology Really a Good Investment?

While perusing the Baltimore Sun, the newspaper of the city where I was born and raised, I came across a blog entry describing the attempts of the school system of my junior and senior high schools to launch a laptop program. 

The reporter cites a number of other laptop and tablet programs, some of which succeeded, others of which failed.

The reporter suggests some problems used to finance the venture: a “rob Peter to pay Paul” approach to budgeting.  Other school systems, like Los Angeles, are paying for their programs through bond referenda.  Years ago, I read a piece in USA Today questioning the wisdom of bond-based financing as the technology will have long been retired from use before the bonds are paid off, and new bonds will be needed to fund future generations of technology.

I was surprised that the reporter cites a general, anti-technology book by an English professor from Emory University in Atlanta, rather interview than one of the educational technology professors at local universities in the Baltimore area, for expertise.  The University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Towson State University both have good programs and internationally recognized experts in the field.  They have more specific expertise related to this initiative.

Check out the article at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-co-technology-initiative-20140208,0,1034541,full.story

 

MOOC Reading List

Within the education community, interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is high.

But some people are just joining the conversation on the topic now, and need to be brought up to speed. Others might wonder how this fast-moving topic has developed in the year and a half since MOOCs came into wide consciousness. (MOOCs have been around a bit longer, but were only discussed in the educational technology community.)

For you, I have compiled a quick list of readings below that I’ve been “clipping” from the net over the past year or so. This list is not a systematic review of the literature, but does provide an overview of the key themes that have recurred in the popular and trade press for higher education.

I’ve listed readings by topic (basic definitions, big picture, business model, nuts and bolts of producing, personal experiences, and links to more reading). Individual readings listed in chronological order of publication.

1. Basic Definitions

What Campus Leaders Need to Know about MOOCs

by Educause
Viewed at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB4005.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.

2. MOOCs–the big picture

Elite colleges transform online higher education

by TERENCE CHEA

Published on Boston.com, August 5, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/08/05/elite-colleges-transform-online-higher-education/OIdKcvdP35u1aHS9f7LAkL/story.html. Visited August 9, 2012.

The Crisis in Higher Education

by NICHOLAS CARR

Published in The Atlantic, September 27, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429376/the-crisis-in-higher-education/. Visited November 19, 2012.

The Year of the MOOC

by LAURA PAPPANO

Published in the New York Times, November 2, 2012.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html?hpw&pagewanted=all. Visited November 2, 2012

American Council on Education May Recommend Some Coursera Offerings for College Credit

by JEFFREY R. YOUNG

Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2012.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/MOOCs-Take-a-Major-Step/135750/. Visited December 14, 2012.

Education on the computer model: faster, more efficient, customized

by ROSEANN O’REILLY RUNTE

Published in the Globe and Mail, June 4, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/education-on-the-computer-model-faster-more-efficient-customized/article12316239/. Visited June 5, 2013.

Where MOOCs are really headed

by ALEX USHER

Published at the website of Higher Education Strategy Associates, June 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://higheredstrategy.com/where-moocs-are-really-headed/. Visited June 6, 2013.

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

By TAMAR LEWIN

Published in the New York Times, August 17, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/education/masters-degree-is-new-frontier-of-study-online.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all. Visited August 18, 2013.

3. Business Issues with MOOCS

Online Courses Look for a Business Model

by MELISSA KORN and JENNIFER LEVITZ

Published in the Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2013.

Viewed at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578173421673664106.html. Visited January 3, 2013.

Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later

by TAMAR LEWIN

Published in the New York Times, January 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/massive-open-online-courses-prove-popular-if-not-lucrative-yet.html?hpw&pagewanted=all&_r=0. Visit January 17, 2013.

4. Nuts and Bolts of Producing MOOCs

Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress

by KAREN HEAD

Published in the Wired Campus blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2013.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/sweating-the-details-of-a-mooc-in-progress/43315. Visited April 30, 2013.

How to Develop a MOOC

by ALISON FARMER, VP, AQUENT Learning & Development

Published in Training magazine, May 16, 2013.

Viewed at http://trainingmag.com/content/skills-gap-part-2-schooled-skills. Visited June 13, 2012.

5. Experiences with MOOCs

Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach (Duke’s First MOOC)

Published by Duke University, February 5, 2013.

Viewed at http://dukespace.lib.duke.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/10161/6216/Duke_Bioelectricity_MOOC_Fall2012.pdf. Visited August 26, 2013.

My Modern Experience Teaching a MOOC

by MICHAEL S. ROTH

Published in the The Digital Campus 2013 section of the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2013.

Viewed at http://chronicle.com/article/My-Modern-MOOC-Experience/138781/. Visited April 30, 2013.

Reflections Of My First MOOC

By RICK BLUNT

Published in the Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals Group on LinkedIn, June 1, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=110953&item=245723448&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&ut=1KlF94AbKfxBM1. Visited June 5, 2013.

6. What the Pundits Say

Revolution Hits the Universities

by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published in the New York Times, January 27, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/friedman-revolution-hits-the-universities.html. Visited August 27, 2013.

The Professor’s Big Stage

by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published in the New York Times, March 6, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/friedman-the-professors-big-stage.html. Visited August 26, 2013.

MOOCs of Hazard

by ANDREW DELBANCO

Published in The New Republic, March 31, 2013.

Viewed at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112731/moocs-will-online-education-ruin-university-experience. Visited August 26, 2013.

Students Are Cool with MOOCs, So Why Aren’t Profs?

by KONRAD YAKABUSKI

Published in the Globe and Mail, August 5, 2013

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/students-are-cool-with-moocs-so-why-arent-profs/article13578514/

7. And More Reading

Massive Open Online Courses
Viewed at http://www.evolllution.com/mooc/. Visited August 26, 2013.

Visuals from My Presentations at the e.Scape Conference

Here are links to copies of the slides from my presentation at the e.Scape conference at Concordia University.

  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 10:00 am) click here.
  • Transitioning from In-Class to Online Learning: An Overview for Instructors (Thursday, April 4, 4:30 pm) click here.
  • What the Evidence Says about Teaching Online (Friday, April 5, 9 am) click here.