Trainer's Guide To Designing Next Level Learning

by ATD Association for Talent Development

Ensure you are designing for your learners' needs, and the rest will fall into place. In this guide, you will learn how to work with key stakeholders and the best practices for designing next level learning programs.

Key Chapters

  1. The Many Hats of the Instructional Designer

    An Introduction From ATD Facilitator Nikki O’Keefe.

  2. 7 Tips to Strengthen Instructional Design Skills

    As instructional designers move forward in this evolving industry, what follows are some tips to strengthen ID skills.

  3. 11 Steps to Take to Influence Subject Matter Experts

    As instructional designers, we are tasked with creating engaging, effective learning materials using our instructional design training to do so. Meanwhile, we rely heavily on our subject matter experts so that our content is sound. Often, SMEs are colleagues from other departments or contacts from other organizations, and usually, they do not report to us. This working relationship can pose a challenge, because most times SMEs aren’t held accountable to our same deadlines and goals.

  4. Check Your Work: Checklist for Designing Learning

    Reviews are an essential part of the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) model. I recommend you use peer and subject matter expert (SME) reviews for analysis documents, design storyboards, narration scripts, and drafts of your e-learning courses. Then use final test reviews upon implementation and provide a survey for learner reviews for evaluation.

There is limitless growth in the profession. Instructional designers can challenge themselves within the discipline—create self-paced, face-to-face, one-on-one courses in addition to eLearning programs. —KIMBERLY DEVLIN

Of the countless tasks an Instructional Designer must carry through, putting their learners’ needs first is the most critical of all. This is one thing you have to do, and for the rest comes this eBook by ATD: Read on and get valuable insight on how to strengthen your Instructional Design skills, how to influence Subject Matter Experts, and how to get your learning design to the next level with the ultimate checklist.

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Christopher Pappas
Founder of The eLearning Industry's Network