Services Workshops Faster, Cheaper,
Faster, Cheaper, Better:
How to design performance-based training within tight budgets
and hectic schedules
Who should attend this workshop?
- New Instructional Designers who want to
apply best practices for rapid instructional design
- Experienced Instructional Designers who
want to expand and enhance their toolkits and cope with modern
- Performance consultants who want to use
training to support other interventions
- Subject-Matter Experts who want to convert
their lectures and handouts into interactive training
- Instructors who want to reduce their lesson
- Training Directors who want to reduce the
cost, increase the speed, and improve the quality of training
(Benefits for individuals)
- Identify limitations of traditional training design models
in dealing with new types of content, new technologies, new
generation of learners, and new corporate realities. Identify
alternative principles that offer faster, cheaper, and better
- Apply the CCCC (Concurrent Continuous Creative Co-design)
model for rapidly designing training packages with greater
motivational and instructional impact.
- Apply seven proven principles to the design of high-quality
performance-based training materials and methods.
- Rapidly design training packages by ignoring, combining,
re-sequencing, and accelerating steps the process.
- Reduce self-doubt, guilt, and anguish by positively
associating faster and cheaper instructional design with more
cost-effective learning outcomes.
Benefits for the organization
- Reduce the training budget
- Reduce training development time
- Deliver quality instruction during tough economic times
- Avoid waste of training dollars
- Retrain instructional designers to cope with corporate
An Innovative Alternative to Training Design
- Foundations of the traditional instructional design model
from behaviorism and engineering.
- Features of traditional instructional design model that make
them unsuited for current realities.
- Foundations of the alternative training design model from
creativity, improvisation, and complexity theory.
- Features of the training model that are aligned with current
Details of the new training design model
- Concurrent implementation of analysis, design, evaluation,
- Continuous process of treating all delivery as an
opportunity to improve the training design
- Creative application of principles from innovation,
improvisation, and self-organizing social systems
- Co-design approaches that transform learners into teachers
and teachers into learners.
Applying proven principles of training design
- Stop designing content; start designing activities.
- Use a dose of reality as the final performance test.
- Open minds with open questions.
- Blend everything: online with nonline, active with passive,
independent with collaborative, and learning with life.
- Let the inmates run the asylum. Let learners teach and test
- Drive the locomotive while laying the track. Design while
delivering the training.
Strategies for speeding up the design process
- Eliminate or combine design steps without sacrificing
- Use electronic recording devices and computer software to
speed up the design process.
- Discover training resources in unexpected places.
- Use powerful templates for creating activities and
Thiagi's expertise in training design
When the professor of the graduate course in Instructional
Development asked him what he wanted to do for his semester
assignment, Thiagi answered, "I'd like to redesign and
repackage this course!" The professor was an open-minded
sort so he humored the promising foreign student in his first
semester in the U.S. The following semester, the professor used
Thiagi's package as the basis for the course. Two semesters
later, Thiagi renounced the model that he had been using in a
much-cited article, "Help! I Am Trapped Inside an ID
Since his graduate school days, Thiagi has developed hundreds
of training programs all around the world for a wide range of
target populations using a wide range of technologies. For the
past 10 years, Thiagi has defined, refined, and applied his CCCC
model for design a variety of training for his corporate
Matt's expertise in training design
Having learned from the best, Matt has been applying the CCCC
model for several years, designing programming workshops for
high-tech companies, product training for retail organizations,
management training for financial institutions, operations
training for the government, and communications training for
Raja's Expertise In Training Design
Educated to be an astrophysicist and computer scientist, Raja
is skeptical about all exaggerated claims for
"scientific" training design approaches. In recent
years, however, he has been applying the CCCC model to the
design of eLearning programs in a faster, cheaper, and better
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