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Training Design Basics, 2nd Edition

By  Saul Carliner

training design basics

If you are designing a training program for the first time, this practical book is for you. Part of ATD’s Training Basics series, it zeroes in on how to design successful training for the face-to-face or virtual classroom. It also serves as a guide for developing self-study training programs, such as online tutorials and workbooks.

Internationally renowned workplace learning expert and educator Saul Carliner not only delves into the analysis and evaluation phases of training design—where most books stop—but also gives prominence to core competencies like materials development, marketing, and administration.

Updated to reflect changes in training practices, this second edition helps instructional designers hone key training skills. Major additions include guidance on live virtual and online tutorials, completely new training programs, and tips for how to adjust design practice when working under stringent conditions.

In this book you will learn:

  • Best practices for designing and developing training programs in the real world.
  • Tactics to successfully launch and run training programs you’ve designed.
  • How to adjust design practices along three tiers of effort in platinum, silver, and bronze scenarios.

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About the Training Basics Series

ATD’s Training Basics series provides a baseline explanation of the theories and concepts behind featured topics, as well as instructions for their practical day-to-day application in the workplace. Additional titles include Adult Learning Basics, Competency-Based Training Basics, Technical Training Basics, and Virtual Training Basics.

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Saul Carliner
Associate Professor, Concordia University Department of Education

Saul Carliner is an associate professor, provost's fellow for digital learning, and director of the education doctoral program at Concordia University in Montreal. Also an industry consultant, he has provided strategic planning and evaluation services for organizations in Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, including Alltel Wireless, Boston Scientific, AT&T, Equitas, IBM, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics Turkish Management Centre, Wachovia, and several U.S. and Canadian government agencies. Among Saul’s 200 publications are the new edition of the bestselling ATD book Training Design Basics and the international-award-winning Informal Learning Basics. He is a fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development), a past research fellow of ATD, and a fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication. 

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562869250

Pages: 232

Pub Date: September 2015

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111507

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