Job Aids for Selecting Instructional Strategies – Part 1: Decision Tree

In a previous post on How to Select an Instructional Strategy I said I wanted to introduce a structured approach for selecting instructional strategies. The structure comes some job aids – a decision tree and checklists. This post presents the decision tree that is based on the four dimensions of the Instructional Strategy Framework (ISF) and adds one additional decision about whether there is a requirement to develop specific learning resources. A formal learning solution does not always need the development of new learning resources. We have worked on projects where existing resources, such as procedure manuals, were used to support learning and we did not have to develop any new learning materials.

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Live from Atlanta

We are writing to you live from the Training 2018 Game Changer Conference and Expo,
February 12-14 from Atlanta, Georgia. This is TRAINING Magazine’s 41st Annual Conference and FKA, as an industry leader in workplace learning and performance, has been a proud presenter at this event for over 25 years.

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How to Select an Instructional Strategy

As an Instructional Designer what do you think drives the selection of the instructional strategy for any project? In a previous post, Scoping a Learning Solution – Art or Science? Part 2 – Instructional Strategy, we introduced the four dimensions of Instructional Strategy Framework (ISF):

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Working with SMEs: A Blessing or A Curse?

Way back in 2005, one of our senior instructors presented a session at the annual Training Magazine Conference, with the same title as this blog. It’s still a valid concern in 2018! There are many projects when instructional designers can’t do their jobs without the valuable help of subject matter experts (SMEs)! They can help with many steps along the way:

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If Learning Styles have been debunked why are they still introduced in our Design and Development programs?

A recent post in LinkedIn generated a lot of discussion about the validity and value of Learning Style Inventories. It became a topic of discussion among our team because it produced strong arguments for both the PRO and the CON perspectives.

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Assessing OJT Instructors

Question of the week: Does the FKA Lesson Feedback Form used to assess classroom instructors apply for evaluating OJT instructors?

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Instructional Design – an Art or a Science?

This morning two colleagues and I finished presenting a six-session online program for instructional designers. Participants had a range of design experience from beginners to four or five years. As we were wrapping up, one of the new designers commented that the biggest surprise for him was that instructional design is actually more of an art form than a science! He thought we would be able to provide procedures and formulae that he would follow making the process fool proof.

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Learner Engagement: Ensuring Successful Practice

We believe that the three pillars of solid instructional design are the:

  1. Adult Learning Principles – Blog 1 Blog 2
  2. Systematic Learning Process – Blog
  3. VIVE Formula

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Using Voice to Maximize Learning

How you say something can be as important as what you say. This is true for face-to-face instructors, but it is critical in the virtual environment.
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Interviewing for a New Position

Often at this time of the year, we reflect on change and the possibilities of looking for a new job. There are many reasons why we consider other positions, but once we have decided to do so, then our preparation begins, and step one is getting ready for the interview.

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