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Fried Training Talk- Using Lists

Published: Friday, November 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, November 08, 2019

As someone who has moaned and wailed (sometimes literally) about the evils of bullet points (particularly in PowerPoint presentations), it is an odd dichotomy that I have always liked lists. From rankings of sports teams to the top 5 Instructional Design Theories (https://elearningindustry.com/top-instructional-design-theories-modern-online-training) give me a list and if I care at all about the subject matter (a very important “if”) I am instantly engaged.

Part of that is because I love a good discussion and will sputter (or write) about, “What do you mean Princess Bride isn’t in the top 5 comedies ever made, it should be #1.”

When it comes to instructional design I will use step lists to make it easier for people to retain information, knowing that a 3 or 4 step list is retainable and a 37 and a half step list is not. I also use rankings so trainees can put things in their order of importance, so they become more involved in their own learning.

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So let me ask you this, in current learning design are lists over used or under used?

What is the best way you ever used a list in a training?

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