Twenty years ago, Thiagi went cold turkey and quit using his grandparents’ ADDIE instructional-design model. Rather than just attacking the traditional model, he came up with an alternative method that combines best practices from design thinking, creativity processes, improv techniques, agile thinking, and cognitive science. Thiagi, Matt, their associates, and thousands of their workshop participants have used this approach to design corporate training in a faster and cheaper fashion. These training packages have produced more effective learning and better business results. In this walk-the-talk, six part series, learn how design effective, efficient, and engaging learning packages that produce business results and professional growth.
What is It?
A six-part series of highly interactive webinars delivered once a week. Sessions will be recorded in case someone has to miss a session.
What Does It Cost?
The usual price is $299. (Early-bird pricing has expired.)
What Do Participants Get?
Along with attending the six webinars, participants get:
- Job aids and reference materials from each session
- Access to templates and additional materials on a secret website just for them
- Access to Matt and Thiagi throughout the series for any additional coaching or personalized support
- A final certificate of completion from The Thiagi Group
How to Register?
Click here. Provide your name, email, and payment . We will send you links to the webinar and detailed instructions later.
- Webinar I: Friday, June 26, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
- Webinar II: Wednesday, July 1, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
- Webinar III: Friday, July 10, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
- Webinar IV: Friday, July 17, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
- Webinar V: Friday, July 24, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
- Webinar VI: Friday, July 31, 12:00 noon to 1 PM EDT
Who Will Benefit from this Workshop?
- Instructional Designers
- Performance Consultants
How Will You Benefit from this Series?
After completing this series of webinar-based workshops and follow-up activities, you will rapidly and inexpensively design performance-based training materials that effectively and consistently produce measurable business results.
What Topics Will You Explore in this Series?
Webinar I: An Introduction to Really Rapid
- The business case and learning rationale behind RID. Exploring the connection among speed, cost, and learning impact. Surprising facts about the effectiveness of faster and cheaper training design. Debunking myths about behavioral objectives, learning styles, experiential learning, and systematic instructional design. Evidence-based training design principles.
- The training package. Incorporating training in the larger performance system. Training products and activities. Constructing a value chain: business results, training goals, assessment tools, content, and activities.
- Procedural steps. Analyzing the performance system. Identifying metrics. Constructing assessment tools. Selecting media and methods. Sequencing the flow. Designing content and activities. Evaluating and improving materials and methods. Developing the final package. Delivering training.
Webinar II: It’s the Activity, Stupid—Using Activities to Reach the Performance Outcome
- Activities. Basic principles of activities-based learning. Wrapping content around activities. Twenty training activity formats. Using activity templates.
- ABCD: Activities-Based Curriculum Design. A paradigm shift in instructional design. Four axioms: Design activities, not content. Build airplanes while flying them. Let the inmates run the asylum. Context is more important than content.
Webinar III: The Wheel Already Exists—Using Existing Content and Resources
- Retrieving content. Using existing content resources. Sources of archived content: media, channel, and sensory modes. Live content: Subject-Matter-Experts, informants, coaches, and cohorts. Different content formats. Avoiding the content trap. Adopting and adapting existing content.
- Combining training components. Blending activities with content. Active and passive. Analog and digital. Rational and experiential. Audio and visual. Individual and collaborative. Rigid and flexible. Reality and fantasy. Abstract and specific. Practical and theoretical. Learning and performance.
Webinar IV: Embrace the Flux—Modifications, Adaptations, Improvisation, and Rearrangement to Yield Faster, Cheaper, and Better Results
- Modifying the steps. Iterative looping. Combining, omitting, and rearranging design steps. Changing project start and finish lines.
- Changing the role of the participants. Participants as trainers, coaches, instructional designers, evaluators, and subject-matter experts. Encouraging the participants to create content, activities, test items, and job aids. Incorporating participant-created content in the training package.
- Changing the role of the trainers. Transforming trainers into facilitators. Train-the-trainer traps. The danger of focusing on presentation skills, content expertise, and consistency. Inviting trainers to play the role of co-designers.
Webinar V: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder—Applying RID to Virtual Learning Environments
- Virtual classrooms and eLearning. Speeding up the design process. Live Online Learning Activities (LOLAs). The 4-Door® Approach to eLearning for faster design and better learning.
Webinar VI: Did It Work? Is It Working?—Evaluating and Measuring Efficacy
- Evaluation and improvement. Permeating evaluation through all design steps. Six types of evaluation. Expert opinion and participant data. Using evaluation to guide continuous improvement. Updating and upgrading the training package.
What Specific Skills and Knowledge Will You Acquire in this Series?
- Focus on improving performance. Integrate training activities with other performance-improvement interventions including job aids, feedback, motivation, facilities and tools, and human resources.
- Align with business results. Specify the links from the training content and activities to business results through appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and employee performances.
- Implement eclectic design steps. Identify, integrate, and apply best practices from design thinking, creativity processes, improv techniques, agile thinking, and cognitive science for the development of faster, cheaper, and better training.
- Retrieve content. Adopt and adapt different types of existing content resources. Align the content with training activities and objectives.
- Design training activities. Incorporate the training content inside suitable interactive techniques by using validated templates.
- Blend everything. Combine different media, methods, channels, frameworks, and training styles.
- Modify the role of the participants. Transform the participants into trainers, coaches, evaluators, instructional designers, and subject-matter experts to enhance mutual learning.
- Modify the role of the trainers. Transform the trainers into facilitators and co-designers.
- Improve eLearning. Apply the 4-Door® approach and Live Online Learning Activities (LOLAs) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of eLearning.
- Evaluate and improve. Rapidly evaluate and improve training materials by collecting, analyzing, and using data from participant feedback and expert reviews.
This Workshop Is Designed by Thiagi and Matt Richter and They Deliver It.
Thiagi (aka Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan) has been designing and delivering training for the past 40 years since the early days of programmed instruction. He has also written over 50 books on the subject. Matt (President of The Thiagi Group) was trained by Thiagi 20 years ago and has been designing and working with him ever since. International authorities on performance improvement, they have produced award-winning training materials for various corporations and nonprofit organizations around the world. Specializing in interactive techniques for training, they have designed hundreds of training activities, keynoted at several training conferences, and conducted training workshops around the world.