Designing Instruction

“This workshop should be required for all
developers, designers and trainers.”

Cathy Overbay, Bell South Advertising & Publishing Co.

Solid Instructional Design foundation for performance improvement. Now also available in French! Ateliers en francais

Public Program Schedule (please contact FKA to have this program run at your location)

Click on a Program below to register.

Number of Upcoming Programs: 5
Ottawa: March 5, 2018 – March 7, 2018
Toronto: May 7, 2018 – May 9, 2018
Ottawa: July 16, 2018 – July 18, 2018
Toronto: September 17, 2018 – September 19, 2018
Ottawa: November 5, 2018 – November 7, 2018


Challenged with creating and designing successful training programs? This cornerstone program is for anyone wanting to design learner-centered programs that lead to performance improvement and business results. You will gain the requisite knowledge, skills and confidence to meet the challenges of any learning initiative. Experience a variety of interactive presentation and application methods that support effective adult learning. Take home a detailed support manual including access to online checklists and templates to help transfer your learning to back-on-the-job success.


Who should attend:
  • Instructors and subject matter experts who are new to course design
  • Managers and those responsible for the creation or purchase of learning materials
  • Course designers and developers, with no formal design experience, seeking a systematic approach to instructional design
  • Subject matter experts responsible for updating or modifying existing custom or off-the-shelf courses

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Six Key Benefits:
  1. Build all your design projects on a strong instructional design foundation that goes beyond ADDIE while supporting an agile approach.
  2. Forecast design time and program launch dates with confidence.
  3. Practice the key activities for project planning, population and performance analysis, training design and material development.
  4. Return to work ready to start designing – there’s no risk of getting bogged down trying to adapt complex theories.
  5. Take home a comprehensive support manual packed with job aids and reference materials that will help you succeed with future design projects.
  6. Take advantage of free one-year support to help you with your next design project.

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Program Objectives:
  • Identify key sign-off points.
  • Choose population factors for analysis.
  • Gather data from subject matter experts.
  • Develop a Model of Performance.
  • Derive objectives based on the Model of Performance.
  • Design tests and exercises to be used during learning programs.
  • Confirm instructional strategies.
  • Outline bridging strategies.
  • Apply principles of adult learning to design.
  • Determine the best content sequencing for learning.
  • Select presentation and application methods.
  • Select instructional media.
  • Develop a lesson plan.
  • Select appropriate styles for participant and instructor manuals.
  • Make media decisions that enhance learning.
  • Plan validation activities throughout the project.
  • Describe how the impact of the learning program can be evaluated.
  • Identify design shortcuts.

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Content Outline:
  • Design Fundamentals
    • Systematic Learning Process
    • FKA Instructional Systems Design Methodology
    • Adult Learning Principles


  • Needs Identification
    • Determine Needs
    • Plan the Project
    • Instructional Strategies


  • Population Analysis
    • Selecting Population Factors
    • Data Collection Decisions
    • Summarizing Results
    • Handling Diverse Populations


  • Performance Analysis
    • Model of Performance (MoP)
    • Gathering MoP Data
    • Working with Subject Matter Experts


  • Training Scope
    • Meeting Time Constraints
    • Reducing the Training Scope


  • Training Outline
    • Objectives and Tests
    • Performance Gaps
    • Bridging Strategies
    • Application and Feedback Methods
    • Motivation
    • Presentation Methods
    • Learning Styles
    • Test for Understanding


  • Training Plan
    • Training Plan Decisions
    • Developing a Lesson Plan
    • Updating Work Plans


  • Instructor and Participant Manual Development
    • Selecting Most Appropriate Formats


  • Media Development
    • Purpose of Media
    • Media Guidelines


  • Validation: Assuring Quality
    • Key Sign-off Points
    • Validation with Learners
    • Detecting Problems
    • Making Validation Effective


  • Evaluation: Measuring Training Impact
    • Levels of Evaluation


  • Shortcuts
    • Design Ratios
    • Ideas for Shortcuts


Practice Activities

  • Hands-on activities to reinforce the major design steps discussed in class



  • 180+ page Support Manual filled with checklists, look-up tables, worksheets and templates to help you design effective training faster
  • Online access to these checklists, look-up tables, worksheets and templates so you can customize them for your own situation


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Optional Add-on – Coached Learning

After completing this program you can work one-on-one with one of our instructional designers on your own instructor-led design project. Virtual meetings and asynchronous feedback make it convenient; we can provide as much support as you need. Your project could even count towards our Professional Designer certification. Call for pricing and more information.

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Three days – $1799

Online – $2499.00