Talent Development Glossary Terms
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Instructional Design Glossary Terms: T-Z


Team Building is an intervention used to improve a group’s effectiveness.

Theory X is the traditional way of looking at the workforce, an approach that assumes that people would rather play than work.

Theory Y postulates that most people will work to achieve goals to which they are committed, especially if rewards result from the achievement of those goals. It also assumes that mostpeople can learn to accept—and even seek—responsibility.

Trainer is a person who helps individuals improve performance by teaching, instructing, or facilitating learning.

Training Objective is a statement of what the instructor hopes to accomplish during the training session.

White paper is a short report based on a particular topic of concern to an organization.

Wiki is a collection of web pages designed to allow anyone who accesses it to contribute to or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.

Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) encompasses the professions of training, performance improvement, learning, development, and workplace education. It is often colloquially referred to as training or training and development.

Transfer of Learning describes the process of learning delivery and retention, and implementation back on the job. It also includes transfer of training.


VAK Model is a model of the way that individuals learn and retain information. Some people learn primarily through one style, others through a combination of three: visual (learners need pictures, diagrams, and other visuals), audio (learners need to hear information), and kinesthetic (learners prefer hands-on learning).


Wants-Based Approach is a customer approach that focuses primarily on satisfying the client’s needs.

WBT (Web-Based Training) delivers educational content via a web browser over the public Internet, a private intranet, or an extranet.

Web-based training often provides links to other learning resources such as references, email, bulletin boards, and discussion groups. instructor-led training while also retaining the advantages of computer-based training.