Instructional Design Workshop

Rapid Instructional Design Best Practices

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“Wyndham Hotel Group and LSA partnered to create a customized instructional design workshop and targeted training session for our marketing alliance member Franchisees.  The session was particularly critical for our brand as it kicked off our annual event for our franchisees and the 700 attendees.

We expected a lot from LSA and we certainly received it. The entire LSA team did a great job, from the initial conceptual work, the months of program development, through to the actual execution of the session.  Now, some six weeks after the conference, we continue to receive rave reviews from our franchisees.

Thank you for a job well done!”

Clyde Guinn | President | Days Inn Worldwide

This customized instructional design workshop is for new instructional designers who are frustrated with trying to apply the irrelevant theories that they learned in school and for experienced training designers and subject-matter-experts who want to add more short-cut techniques to better motivate and engage learners with relevant approaches, better content and faster results than old-school instructional design approaches.

Objectives: (Benefits to the Individual Participant)

  • Eliminate or combine Instructional Design steps without sacrificing effectiveness
  • Use templates and shells to speed up production of instructional materials
  • Use electronic recording devices to speed up Instructional Design
  • Use computer software to speed up different phases of Instructional Design
  • Identify instructional resources in unexpected places
  • Use coaching and team learning techniques to reduce development time
  • Reduce interpersonal problems that slow down Instructional Design teams

Objectives: (Benefits to the Organization)

  • Reduce the training budget
  • Reduce training design and development time
  • Deliver quality instruction
  • Avoid wasting training dollars
  • Retrain instructional designers to cope with corporate realities


While the Instructional Design workshop is customized for each client, the general outline is as follows:

I. Rapid Instructional Design: Basic concepts

  • Use an Instructional Design model without stifling creativity
  • Integrate principles of adult learning, behavioral psychology, accelerated learning, and cognitive science into training design

II. How to Do Rapid Analysis 

  • Select type of analysis to improve instruction and avoid bogging down
  • Assess whether training is the right solution
  • Analyze jobs, tasks, processes, and goals to derive instructional objectives
  • Match instructional design to corporate strategies, resources, and constraints

III. How to Do Rapid Instructional Design

  • Prepare a blueprint for the instruction
  • Design instruction for different objectives
  • Design instruction for different trainees
  • Design instruction for different media and methods
  • Prepare a prototype version of the instruction

IV. How to Do Rapid Evaluation

  • Evaluate to ensure training quality and continuous improvement
  • Select the appropriate type of evaluation
  • Use expert review to improve training
  • Use field testing to improve training
  • Use informal cost-benefit analysis to assure bottom-line impact

V. How to Get Beyond the Basics

  • Plan implementation before you begin Instructional Design
  • Use project management to increase Instructional Design return on investment
  • Use team-building techniques to reduce conflicts during Instructional Design
  • Use a rapid approach to reduce cycle time for Instructional Design

Target Audience:

  • New Instructional Designers who find that the theory they learned is irrelevant to corporate realities
  • Experienced Training Designers who want to add more short-cut techniques to their toolkits
  • Subject-Matter Experts who want to convert their lectures into interactive training that motivates learners
  • Instructors who want to reduce their lesson preparation time
  • Training Directors who need to speedily coordinate the production of instructional packages

To speak with an LSA Expert to learn about Instructional Design Workshop customization and delivery options onsite at your company, please contact us.

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