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Take Your Learning Design to the Next Level

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Are you ready to take the next step in your career as an instructional designer?

It is tempting to believe that we have no control over a comprehensive approach to designing a learning solution. Often, we focus on the structured learning experience—an e-learning course, face-to-face workshop, or other program of instruction.


Yet what happens before and after a learning experience is crucially important to the learner’s ability to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills back on the job. In ATD’s Master Instructional Designer Program, we cover many tips that help you overcome the following assumptions.

  • There is no point to assigning pre-work; participants won’t do it.
  • Employees perceive training as taking away from their real jobs.
  • Organizations are too busy to include games or application exercises in training programs.
  • Managers discourage on-the-job learning because it usually means a lag in normal productivity until the employee is proficient.
  • Learning and development is over after the completion of the formal learning experience.
  • The instructional designer’s role is to design the best learning experience; what happens before and after that is someone else’s job.

Learn how to bust these myths and take your design to the next level with the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program.

About the Author

Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers. In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to use a variety of tools such as the Career Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, "I Speak Your Language," and Change Style Indicator. She is also affiliated with Netspeed Leadership, Learning Tree International, and is master certified in Achieve Global products and services.

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