Instructional Design Workshop

Rapid Instructional Design Best Practices

Facebook Twitter Google+ Email

“Wyndham Hotel Group School of Hospitality Operations 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.  So Thank You LSA 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.

Related Information

We selected LSA Global over 5 other companies to help our key executives improve their overall communication and executive presentation capabilities. LSA exceeded our expectations.  I highly recommend LSA to any executive team looking to better organize and more effectively deliver key executive-level messages when the stakes are high.

Todd Power
Office of the CEO

Originally, we launched a RFP to partner with a sales training provider to improve the sales skills of our global distributor network. LSA Global challenged our thinking by suggesting we focus on the systemic strategy, culture and talent factors that create sales success before we invested in the more symptomatic needs of sales skills and knowledge. LSA Global identified the two strategic actions to improve overall sales performance and then designed and delivered world class sales training across the globe to help increase revenue and margin.  I’m so happy we took a more strategic approach to sales performance.

Kim Benson
Director Human Resources


We recently hired LSA to help us take our client delivery methodology to the next level as we continue to grow and help our clients succeed. The custom strategy and design session exceeded our expectations. They really understood our business and delivered within tight time frames.  They were the best I have seen for this type of complex, visible, and strategic work. LSA’s ability to get a group of 20+ executives from around the globe on the same page, push their thinking to new heights, and ensure an executable plan was excellent. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take their strategy and strategic execution to the next level.

Rob Sturgeon
EVP Client Delivery

Service Source

Having a training outsourcing partner like LSA to support our talent management needs has been a real blessing. In an emerging company where typically you can’t afford the infrastructure necessary to provide a full range of offerings to meet the changing needs of an organization, having an external partner who understands our business and our culture and offers everything from a wide range of open enrollment programs to customized organizational development consulting is almost as good (and in some cases better than) having your own internal Training and Organizational Development function.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

We have found LSA to be highly responsive to meeting our unique needs in learning and development. Their passion for high levels of business relevancy, customer satisfaction and quality align very closely with our core values.  Kudos to LSA Global.  They delivered exactly what I wanted under ever-changing conditions.

Laura McHugh
Director of Training and Organizational Development


We reviewed the top Leadership Development offerings and selected LSA’s 12-month Leadership Program based upon the value and systemic approach. The feedback on the program, approach, and results was phenomenal. While other programs may be better known, they were more theoretical and did not compare in terms of practicality, quality, and results.

Stacey Porter
Senior Manager Learning and Development


We selected LSA over a handful of other experts to assist with a key sales leadership imperative. LSA added value every step of the way throughout the entire engagement. Their customized approach to sales presentation training exceeded expectations, and we are excited about global implementation across our offices in more than 100 countries. LSA’s unique Strategy-to-Results approach is an added game changer.  I recommend them to anyone looking to get high quality results when it matters most.

Eric Mugele
Executive Director Global Learning

Grant Thornton

It was a challenge to find a consultant with an approach to performance improvement that fit our unique culture and style. We were pleasantly surprised to discover LSA’s depth of expertise in the fields of motivation, developmental coaching, performance management, and measurement.

LSA seamlessly integrated those components without our folks feeling like the intervention was forced. They understood what we were trying to accomplish, helped us clarify our objectives, and created a solid, refreshing approach that quickly got us moving and engaged at all levels across the organization.  Overall, I couldn’t be happier that we found a true strategy and implementation partner in LSA.

Doug Hansen
President and Director

Redwood Trust

We turned to LSA Global to help take our behavioral interviewing process to the next level in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness. LSA quickly understood our unique culture and challenging requirements.  They immediately helped us to improve our ability to continue to hire top talent that fits our culture and talent management strategy as we rapidly scale.

Julie Pearl
Technical Program Manager


We turned to LSA Global to help us take our executive selling and solution selling skills to the next level. Their ability to formally assess our situation, identify key sales skill gaps, develop a plan to measure the results, and fully implement a key sales initiative – has been outstanding. LSA delivers the full solution; not just sales training.  I recommend them to any organization looking to transform its sales force the “right way” to sell higher and wider.

Daniel Heckman
Director of Sales-Enterprise Accounts


We hired LSA to design and deliver a Project Post Mortem for sixty five key people on a mission critical project with a very tight turnaround. LSA’s ability to identify the key trends, leverage points, and next steps was remarkable. They really got to the heart of the issues in a constructive and unbiased manner that exceeded our expectations. It was not an easy task with so many skeptical people with different agendas, styles, experience, and perspectives.

Darrell Gallagher
Head of Studio

Crystal Dynamics

As a high growth digital marketing agency with cutting edge talent, we hired LSA Global to help clarify our strategy and work with our executive leadership team to help implement strategic changes in a way that made sense for our unique culture. The work was so successful that we also hired them to coach our key leaders. LSA has been instrumental in helping us transition to a new leadership team and triple revenue. In this age of useless consultants, I highly recommend their practical and business-oriented approach to strategy, culture, and talent.

David Bentley
General Manager


We partnered with LSA years ago.  Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased, decreased, and increased again. The beauty of LSA’s business model is its flexibility and depth of their expertise.  When we need strategic or tactical outside help, we use LSA knowing that we can depend on outstanding quality advice and targeted solutions every time.

Margie Bunting
HR Manager

The LSA customized Organizational Alignment Survey gave us a comprehensive view of how our employees experience our culture, talent and strategy.  Equally important, the survey and implementation process goes well beyond the typical engagement survey.  The systemic approach provided us with a great forum to discuss the strengths and opportunities in our organization, and then to quickly get focused on the key actions critical to executing our business and people strategies.

Mark Forrest
General Manager, FSM Division


What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from training and consulting organizations. LSA gives you the practical and results-oriented assistance you need to define and reach your goals.  They provide a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix. They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Director of Merchandising

Evaluate your Performance


Get key strategy, culture, and talent tools from industry experts that work


Health Checks

Assess how you stack up against leading organizations in areas matter most



Download published articles from experts to stay ahead of the competition



Review proven research-backed approaches to get aligned



Stay up to do date on the latest best practices that drive higher performance


Client Case Studies

Explore real world results for clients like you striving to create higher performance