What is “Instructional Design”?

The terms “instructional design” and “instructional designer” get thrown around a lot. But what do these terms really mean? Is anyone who develops training an instructional designer?

In today’s podcast, I’ll dive a little more deeply into some ways to define “instructional design”, “instructional designer”, and I’ll also walk through some pros and cons of perhaps the most well-known instructional design model: ADDIE.

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5 Engagement Strategies for Training

On last week’s podcast, I made the point that there is a big difference between “engaging training” and “effective training” (and I suggested that “effective training” should always be the goal). Today, I’m re-visiting the concept of learner engagement, because engagement (with intention) is an essential element to training that ultimately proves effective.

In this 10-minute podcast, I share 5 different strategies that can be applied at various points in time during your presentation – from even before your presentation begins to the waning moments of your training program.

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Is there a difference between “engaging” training and “effective” training?

I cannot count how many times I’ve been in a training session in which the speaker opens with some sort of variation on the following: “Good morning! I want today’s session to be highly engaging and interactive, so be sure to ask questions!”

Inviting learners to ask questions during a session might be one way to engage them. Playing a game of Jeopardy might also be an engagement strategy.

But are these strategies effective?

Over the next few minutes, I’ll take a closer look at the difference between engaging training and effective training.

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Looking for that dream job in learning and development?

Take a minute to think about your dream learning and development job. Maybe you even want to close your eyes for a few moments and think about what it would look like, who would you be working with, who would you be working for, what would you be doing?

How did you even find that job?

In today’s podcast, I share some thoughts about how you might want to begin your quest for that dream L&D role.

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Modern (Training) Love: If You Love Something, Let It Go…

Last week, while I was in the midst of moving homes, I realized how much smaller a 1600 square foot home is compared to a 2200 square foot home. The smaller space meant I had to make some hard choices on what to let go.

Sometimes that needs to happen in our training programs, too. In today’s Modern (Training) Love podcast, I share a heartfelt story about falling in love, then needing to let that love go for the greater good.

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A 4-Step Training Design Model

Today’s podcast takes a closer look at a 4-step training design model.

This is different than an instructional design model, which is typically more holistic and looks at everything in the process from the need of the training through assessment, piloting, revisions and implementation.

The model we’ll explore with today’s podcast assumes there is a valid need for training, and can be used when you’re designing a training session (whether in-person, virtual or elearning) intended to help develop new knowledge, skills and abilities.

With this podcast, you’ll explore the following four steps: anchor, content, application and future use.

Come back next week and I’ll spend some time going into more detail about specific training activities that can be used in each step.

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Key Components of a Training Lesson Plan

One of my most popular blog posts ever was the one in which I shared a free training lesson plan template. It was so popular that it made me think that a tool like Soapbox, an online tool that basically puts a training lesson plan together for you in a matter of minutes, would be something the world would be interested in.

If you have about 10 minutes or so and want to hear what should go into a training lesson plan, give this week’s podcast a listen.

And if you have an extra 5 seconds, I’d love your response to the following survey question (I’m genuinely curious about who’s been listening to my podcasts lately). Thank you in advance for listening (and for giving me some idea of what your role is)!!

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