Certified Instructional Systems Designer (CISD)

Need to hit the ground running with your instructional design skills? Then this certification program is for you! This five-day interactive session is for the subject matter expert or instructor who develops training. The content and methods are appropriate for large group instruction, on the job, and virtual instructor led training.

  • 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.
  • Smoothly organize your ideas to develop training materials and sequence content.
  • Craft effective training materials, activities, job aids and tests.
  • Easily write lesson plans others can use.

This workshop requires successful completion of a performance component for a participant to earn certification.

After this workshop you will walk away with a “skeleton” from which to design your next training workshop. AND, as a bonus you’ll receive our own “Methodology Resource Guide” – tools that take you from A to Z in the instructional design process. This is ONE STOP shopping for your instructional design needs!

Workshop Content:

  • Review workshop content and objectives
  • Set personal objectives for this session

Unit 1: The Design Process

  • Sort training and non-training issues: Is training the answer?
  • Partner with management
  • Compare approaches to training design
  • Apply adult learning principles and steps to guide design
  • Review the three phases of design

Unit 2: Plan for Training

  • Define what training can accomplish
  • Assess training needs
  • Evaluate guidelines for developing needs assessment instruments: do’s and don’ts
  • Analyze special assessment issues
  • Sort needs vs. wants using management development analysis
  • Decide what you need to know about learners to be effective
  • Break down a task into teachable parts
  • Write realistic instructional objectives
  • Build a skills inventory
  • Determine if prerequisites are necessary
  • Clarify your purpose of testing
  • Decide if you need to test
  • Select the best test method
  • Review test development steps
  • Write questions to test knowledge
  • Consider issues about writing reliable and valid tests
  • Create skill performance tests
  • Conduct post training performance analysis

Unit 3: Organize and Plan Materials Development

  • Examine the anatomy of a module
  • Select appropriate methods based on the learning objective
  • Identify effective technical training methods for recall and application
  • Sequence methods appropriately
  • Provide sufficient practice to change behavior
  • Pace methods to avoid boredom
  • Organize your ideas
  • Practice "mapping" strategies to create ideas
  • Consider options for sequencing content
  • Test your copy's readability
  • Obtain copyright permission when needed

Unit 4: Develop Learner Activities and Exercises

  • Build retention with five types of interactions
  • Create "discovery learning" in your activities
  • Compare types of reading and writing in a learning environment
  • Examine tips for writing demonstrations with skill practice and case studies, information searches, interviews, games, role plays, self-assessments
  • Use a comprehensive guide to develop activities and exercises

Unit 5: Learner Handout Materials and Lesson Plans

  • Identify types of handout materials
  • Determine how to develop programmed notes
  • Use a fifteen-point checklist to develop complete handouts
  • Craft effective job aids and checklists
  • Create action plans to keep everyone on track
  • Determine when to develop three types of lesson plans
  • Write lesson plans for others to use easily
  • Use a fifteen-point lesson plan checklist
  • Ensure consistency across sessions

Unit 6: Evaluate the Results of Training

  • Assess learner reaction
  • Determine if new skills are used back on the job
  • Use benefits to show bottom-line results

Unit 7: Develop Audio-Visual Support

  • Select appropriate audio-visual media
  • Compare advantages and disadvantages of various media
  • Identify to write a script treatment
  • Review scripting do's and don’ts
  • Discuss techniques to convert classroom materials for distance learning

Unit 8: Participant Practice

On day five, participants present a design review of the lesson they have worked on, receiving feedback from peers and the instructor. Practice is in small groups of no more than twelve participants, each working with a Training Clinic Instructor. Detailed coaching and feedback from the instructor ensures appropriate application of concepts and skills and expands the learning. Practice sessions may be recorded for later review.


Unit 9: Resource Tool Kit

  • Design review checklist

A Methodology Resource Guide is provided as a template to design future training programs.