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Why a Task List is an Instructional Designer’s Best Friend

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/11/16 8:00 AM

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Does this scenario sound familiar to you? A manager comes into your office and says, “I want you to design some leadership training for our managers.” You think to yourself, “Huh, now where do I start with that request?” Perhaps you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and confused at this point. Sound familiar?

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Topics: task analysis, instructional design

3 Great Tips for On-the-job Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/23/12 4:37 AM

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Remember your first job as a teenager when your new boss simply showed you how to do your job? Well, things are much more complicated now. Instead of just scooping ice cream, waiting on tables, or packing boxes, we now have to master many different types of skills to succeed in our professional jobs.

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Topics: task analysis, instructional techniques, instructional design

Design What? Time for a Little Magic!

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/19/11 4:48 AM

Has this ever happened to you? Your manager comes into your office and says, “I need you to design some leadership training for our management team!” Well, if you’re like me, the first thing you think about is, “What type of leadership training? Can you be more specific?” For a designer it can be challenging to take a vague concept like leadership and design training around it. It can also be challenging to design training around interpersonal topics like communication skills, negotiating skills, and conflict management skills.

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Topics: task analysis, job performance, instructional design

Training by Numbers: The Rule of Seven

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/10/11 4:55 AM

Seven is the maximum number of tasks that should be on a daily to-do list to avoid mental overflow,” says author Jacqueline Leo in her book, “Seven: The Number for Happiness, Love and Success”. While love, happiness and success are important to us all, the number seven is important to instructional designers for a slightly different reason.

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Topics: task analysis, instructional design

Planning for ILT Design – Part 2: Obtaining Management Buy-in

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/27/11 8:04 AM

In part one of this entry I shared my ideas on how to spend your time when designing ILT (Instructor Led Training). While how you spend your time is important, management buy-in is critical for success. In this blog, I’ll explain where to get buy-in along your design path.

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Topics: task analysis, managing training, influencing, instructional design

Planning for ILT Design – Part 1: Spending Your Time Wisely

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/6/10 4:13 AM

While it is estimated that it takes between 25 and 60 days to design one day of Instructor Led Training (ILT) – a.k.a. the ILT design ratio – how you spend those days makes a difference. There are three key areas that will occupy most of your time. I’d like to share some thoughts on each of these.

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Topics: task analysis, needs analysis, instructor-led training, instructional design

If Content is King, We Need a Royal Decree

Posted by Alan Magnan on 2/22/10 1:39 AM

In the training world, we use as many catchphrases as those used any other profession. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do, I understand
  • Training should not be ‘Death by PowerPoint’
  • If you think training is expensive, try ignorance.
  • There are two ways to undergo a training project at work: with management support, or unsuccessfully.  
  • In training, Content is King.
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Topics: task analysis, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

The Why, What, Who, What, and How of Instructional System Design

Posted by Langevin Team on 9/10/09 2:27 AM

Using principles of a sound instructional system design (ISD) is critical if we are to make our training successful - meaning that the learners can perform the task back on the job. So, what does sound ISD look like? To answer this question we need to ask the same questions that a good reporter would ask: Why, What, Who, What, and How. Let's look at how these questions can be applied to ISD.

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Topics: task analysis, needs analysis, job performance, instructional design, learners

It's Mandatory and You'll Like It!!!

Posted by Langevin Team on 6/29/09 3:30 AM

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Topics: task analysis, needs analysis, instructional design, learners

Not So “Soft Skills”

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/6/09 5:44 AM

There is often discussion in our workshops about the difficulty, or even the value, of using the task analysis process on interpersonal or conceptual tasks, the infamous “soft skills.” Ralph Langevin has a saying “There are no such things as soft skills, only hard skills inadequately analyzed.” While the comment is made humorously, I believe it is extremely valid. In many cases, I think there may be more value to an organization, and the individuals in it, in thoroughly analyzed “soft skills” than “hard skills.”

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Topics: task analysis, job performance, instructional design

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