Trainers tend to choose training models that focus on the content that they need to be addressed. However, they also need to know how their target audience learns the best. Learning preferences is the missing link in almost every instructional design model. There are also ways that trainers can design their sessions to create a better learning environment.
Tips for Better Instructional Design
Before trainers design their training sessions, they should determine what participants actually need to learn. According to Bob Pike, rather than waste time covering material that the audience already knows, trainers should do the groundwork to learn where the critical learning needs are so they can keep their session focused and engaging.
Trainers should make sure they design training that communicates a specific outcome for participants. Learners should be able to understand how gaining new skills or knowledge is tied to their own job success and career path. When audiences can see the training’s benefits, they are more likely to stay interested and motivated to finish it.
Pike has revealed that the foundational principle of the instructor-led, participant-centered training approach is “90-20-10.” This is the key to maximizing learner engagement, and the goal is to keep the total course length under 90 minutes, changing pace every 20 minutes, and promoting participant interaction every 10 minutes.
Trainers should think about their audience and objectives to determine what kind of sequence they should deliver content in to best enhance learning. Also, a tiered content approach works for many audiences. The tiered approach is a hierarchical triangle:
- Tier 1 – High-level audio-visual information should be up top. This is where learners get an overview of the topic and learn the basics.
- Tier 2 – More text-based “meat and potatoes” content is second. This includes detailed strategies, instructions, helpful tips, and more.
- Tier 3 – Interaction happens last. Trainers should encourage participation through quizzes, games, or the application of new skills. Hands-on engagement has been proven to improve retention and learning outcomes.
Instructional Design is an ongoing and ever-changing process. Even when trainers find a successful session format, they should still keep looking for ways to improve engagement, retention, and on-the-job results.
Discover Delivery Strategies for Successful Training Sessions
On Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. EDT, join coaching expert Bob Pike as he presents data collected from more than 75,000 participants and discover how real people of various ages, gender, levels of education, jobs, and location learn in the most efficient way possible.
During this webinar Pike will share his “Nine Delivery Strategies,” which are proven to work with all age groups and cultures. He will uncover how he incorporates this information into his designs. His clients are located throughout 25 countries worldwide.
Attendees will discover:
- The insights into how employees process training materials
- Why your employees/audience might not be fully absorbing your content
- Why particular groups might relate more to specific learning models you select
- How age, gender, levels of education, jobs, and geographical location affect learning
- How to choose the proper training materials for your participants
About the Presenter
Bob Pike is known globally as the “trainer’s trainer.” He has written more than 30 books and created a dozen video systems on designing and delivering training. His Master Trainer’s Handbook is the bestselling train-the-trainer book, with more than 333,000 copies in print in four editions. He has designed more than 600 training programs of one day or longer since 1969. He has presented at every ATD International Conference & Exposition since 1977 and is a regular keynoter at global training and performance conferences.
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