Friday, February 29, 2008

5 Sure Shot Ways to Muck Up your Training Design

Making mistakes, failing, and then reflecting on my failures has helped me learn for life.

Here are some of the mistakes that I have made and learned from when creating a design.

  1. Somewhere along the design process, forget the learner and his needs.
  2. Let the Subject Matter Expert (SME) lead the design.
  3. Don’t consider the implementability of the design given the learner’s work environment.
  4. Don’t onboard the training holders and understand their expectations.
  5. Don’t enable the development team to realize the design.


Manish Mohan on March 1, 2008 at 7:42 AM said...

Thanks Pooja. I will add my top 5 to this list.

1. The design format/template becomes more important than the actual design -- "...but this is the format provided by the client...".

2. Let time lines bog you down and cut corners -- "...there is no time for design..."

3. Get swayed by effort metrics -- "...this project is on very tight budget, we can't spend time on design..."

4. Agree to everything the client suggests -- "...but the client has asked for this..."

5. Forget to onboard the SME. This is similar to your point of letting the SME lead the design -- "...the SME wants it this way..."

Clark Starr said...

Submitted on 2008/03/04 at 4:01pm
The number one thing I see developers do wrong is forget that the correct path of a scenario is actually a single narrative that should make sense on it’s own. It should be a “story” that hangs together on it’s own. I think if people start doing it this way, they’ll wind up with much more engaging scenarios. Another problem is I think people neglect to read their scripts aloud, a simple trick to ensuring that you’re writing believable scripts.

Rupa Rajagopalan on January 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM said...

Submitted on 2009/02/20 at 2:18pm
Hi Pooja and Manish, good list and I agree with all the points. What I realize is that you sacrifice good instructional design if you start saying things like this is what the client wants. I guess we are offering our expertise to the client and we need to suggest the best possible solution.

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