I was asked a question during an Instructional Design Essentials workshop I was running recently: ‘How much can I cram into the training program I’m designing? My company doesn’t have a lot of time and I want to make sure we get through as much as we can’.
It’s a fair question – organisations are time poor. They are making an investment in their staff’s learning and development for one overriding purpose: to make their staff more effective, efficient and productive. Time is money. Taking staff ‘offline’ to attend training is a significant investment and that’s not counting either the time of another staff member designing, developing and delivering the training or the cost of bringing an external trainer in.
'We can only take our workers offline for an hour and we want them to learn how to use the new business information system''
So what’s the answer? How much can you fit into your training program?
The answer is in understanding:
In my blog, ‘I’m an instructional design tragic', I shared these explanations:
The real question is: Do you want your participants to actually learn something?
One of the keys to successful instructional design is PACE (a close relative of chunking & sequencing).
Pace is about:
Starts at the beginning of the instructional design process – it’s in the scope of the program, your target group profile, the complexity of the topic and the size of the group. It’s about managing the learners’ expectations so at they understand the whole story of what the program is about, how it’s going to run and what they can do to get the most out of the learning on offer. It's about managing the organisations expectations so they can get what they are seeking out of the training.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you work out your pace:
Remember: Your training program is not a Tardis! There are limits to how much you can fit in. It’s about finding the balance to get the best learning value both for the learners and the organisation.
Join me to learn about instructional design so you can confidently design quality learning programs that get results. Book now for Instructional Design Essentials at AITD (Australian Institute of Training and Development) - Hobart 27 October - Melbourne 11 November