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Instructional Design for New Designers

3 days |$1,799

This fundamental workshop provides you with a proven step-by-step design process. Learn how to confidently apply Langevin's 12-step design cycle and incorporate time-saving shortcuts to simplify your job and to produce better courses faster. It gives you simple yet powerful techniques for making your courses popular, interesting, and lively.

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  • Plan instructional design projects.
  • Work with subject-matter experts.
  • Analyze learners to target course content.
  • Determine constraints affecting course design.
  • Compile a task listing.
  • Prioritize job tasks.
  • Conduct a task analysis to determine course content.
  • Write performance-based course objectives.
  • Design tests and exercises to evaluate performance.
  • Select the most appropriate instructional methods.
  • Determine the best structure and “flow” for a course.
  • Apply principles of adult learning.
  • Develop course materials (e.g. lesson plan, manual).
  • Validate course design.
  • Evaluate course effectiveness.

What You Will Receive

All the worksheets, checklists, and forms in Microsoft® Word template format.  Simply download them from your personal My Langevin website.

Free 1-year edit service.  Receive detailed feedback on your materials to help improve your courses.

Free telephone consultation.  If you need advice, confirmation of a decision, or someone to discuss ideas with – just give us a call.

Who Should Attend

For trainers who have less than one year's experience in course design. It is also intended for trainers who have been designing for more than one year but have no formal training in course design.

What You Will Learn


  • Key questions to ask when a project is assigned to you.
  • Tips for planning a successful design project.
  • What short-cuts to take if design time is limited (and which ones not to take).
  • How to estimate design time.
  • 4 factors to consider in determining design priorities.
  • How to stop other people from ruining your course designs.
  • Tips for handling organizational politics.
  • How to reduce course costs and design on a small budget.
  • Guidelines for reducing course length.
  • How training designs differ from educational designs.
  • The pros and cons of traditional training strategies and e-learning strategies.
  • How to best use job aids in training.
  • How to compile a complete project for management/client approval.


  • The most critical things you need to know about learners.
  • Where to get this information.
  • What to do if learners have very diverse backgrounds.
  • How to develop performance-based content.
  • How much theory/background material to include in a course.
  • 8 errors to avoid in task listing.
  • How to conduct a thorough task analysis quickly.
  • Multiple task analysis examples for different types of content.
  • Tips for making course content meaningful and relevant to learners.
  • How to prioritize course content to keep it lean.
  • What types of content should not be included in a course.
  • How to deal with "soft" skills (e.g. customer service, management, sales, leadership, ethics, etc.).
  • How to work effectively with SMEs, clients, and line managers (and your own boss).


  • How to create a solid design even if you aren't an expert.
  • How to write objectives quickly and easily.
  • Short-form objectives.
  • When to test.
  • The 4 major types of tests and how to design them.
  • The best testing pattern for any course.
  • What about evening work?  Pre-course work?
  • 50 instructional methods you can use.
  • How to build a variety of methods into your courses.
  • 12 guidelines for selecting the most appropriate methods.
  • How much content to cover at one time.
  • How much content to cover in a typical day.
  • How much practice to build into a lesson.
  • A 6-step learning strategy for structuring your courses.
  • How to make your courses modular.
  • The best method of sequencing course content.


  • Proven principles of adult learning.
  • How to maximize learner practice.
  • 15 tips for increasing learners' attention span.
  • How to build group cohesiveness.
  • Techniques for encouraging healthy competition.
  • 8 guidelines for managing instructional time efficiently.
  • The best way to provide feedback to learners.
  • 10 tips for meeting learners’ individual needs.
  • The top 10 ways for increasing learner motivation.
  • How to guarantee everyone participates.
  • Types of activities to schedule based on time of day.
  • How to make your courses fun and exciting.
  • When to schedule breaks and energizers.
  • How to prevent boredom.
  • The best time to conduct reviews and summaries.
  • How to get managers to reinforce your training.
  • 14 proven methods for promoting the transfer of new skills to the job.
  • How to keep materials at the best reading level.
  • The recommended way to set up instructor lesson plans.
  • 22 items to put into instructor lesson plans.
  • How to design materials for inexperienced instructors.
  • How to design handouts.
  • The secret to creating “shelf-resistant” course manuals.
  • How to create easy-to-update materials.


  • The 3 phases of course validation.
  • A fail-safe approach for testing a course when you just don’t have enough time.
  • A versatile checklist for assessing your courses or vendor materials.
  • The 4 types of evaluation.
  • Items to include in course evaluations.
  • 5 sample evaluation forms.
  • How to measure learning.
  • How to measure improvements in job performance.
  • Why courses fail (13 major design errors and how to avoid them).

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