How to Design Effective Training Programs

We offer this workshop in a one, two or three day format to fit the needs of your group.

Believe it or not - your PowerPoint deck is NOT your training design!

When customizing is key to your training's success but design time is limited, a modular approach to instructional design is the answer.

  • Use a systematic method to easily design a training program.
  • Design a training program to meet the learners' needs.
  • Use adult learning techniques to improve retention and reduce participant resistance.
  • Write realistic training objectives that drive your instructional design.
  • Select the best learning experience to train learners.
  • Pace methods to maintain high energy and active learning by the participants.
  • Develop effective training activities, handouts and job aids.

After this practical and useful workshop you'll be able to hit the ground running with a design that has an increased shelf life and will allow you to swap out pieces for future design needs.


One-day Workshop


Unit 1: Course Overview and Introduction

  • Workshop content and objectives
  • Set personal objectives for this session
  • How adults learn and remember - adult learning principles
  • Three phases of program design

Unit 2: Plan for Training

  • What do you need to know about learners to be effective?
  • Six easy steps to break down a task into its teachable parts
  • Consciousness and competence
  • How to set instructional objectives that are realistic and attainable

Unit 3: Select and Pace Training Methods

  • Technical training methods
  • Select the best learning experience based on knowledge, skill or attitude
  • Identify how much practice is needed to learn a skill
  • Pace methods to avoid boredom

Unit 4: Develop Materials to Meet Instructional Objectives

  • Develop activities and exercises that build retention
  • Adopt, modify or create new learning experiences
  • Tips for writing demonstrations with skill practice activities and case studies
  • Use a comprehensive guide to develop activities and exercises that build retention – application activity
  • Use a 15-point checklist to develop complete handouts
  • When to develop three types of lesson plans
  • Use a 15-point lesson plan checklist

Unit 5: Resources

  • Tips for case studies, writing information searches, interviews, games and self-assessments
  • Create effective job aids
  • Action Plan and Conclusion


Two-day Workshop


Unit 1: Overview of Training Design

  • Inventory your design skills
  • Is training the answer?
  • Develop a partnership with line management
  • Adult learning principles and steps to guide design
  • Three phases of design

Unit 2: Plan for Training

  • Assess training needs
  • Sort training needs vs. wants
  • Special assessment issues
  • Who needs training?
  • Break down a task into teachable parts
  • Write functional and realistic instructional objectives
  • Building a skills inventory
  • Are prerequisites necessary?

Unit 3: Develop Training Methods and Materials

  • Select and sequence the right methods
  • How much training is appropriate
  • Use a copyrighted tool to pace methods to avoid boredom
  • Use a 15-point checklist to develop complete handouts
  • How to develop programmed notes
  • Develop activities and exercises that build retention
  • Create "discovery learning" in your activities
  • Adopt, modify or create new learning experiences
  • Designing learning experiences: inventories, skill practice and exercises
  • How to develop effective case studies
  • When to develop 3 types of lesson plans
  • Identify lesson plan support so others can use it easily
  • Use a 15-point lesson plan checklist

Unit 4: Evaluate the Results of Training

  • Assess learner reaction and analyze trends
  • Methods to test for learning
  • Are new skills used back on the job?
  • Did you get bottom-line results?

Methodology Resource Guide

Each participant receives a Methodology Resource Guide that is a template for designing training programs and contains all the tools, templates and checklists from the two-day workshop.


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