Instructional Design FAQs

How do SMEs interact with the Instructional Designers for content creation?
How does a task analysis help rapid e-learning?
How long does it take to a design training course?

How much customizing can you do?

Do you take instructor-led courses and turn them into e-learning courses?
Who can benefit from TrainSmart's Instructional Design Services?

What types of documents/materials do you develop?

If I wanted to hire TrainSmart for ID services, how would it work?

Why would I want to hire TrainSmart for my ID needs?

Q:

How do SMEs interact with the Instructional Designers for content creation?

A:

An interesting question because most SMEs are SMEs because they know the subject better than anyone else, and because they know the subject better than anyone else their time is in great demand and their available time limited.  So, most times their interaction represents a valuable asset that they share under pressure which means they are usually very focused and looking for specific questions or specific requests.

 

To be effective, and efficient, the Instructional Designer must be prepared, her or she must:

  • Not waste the SMEs’ time
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently
  • Understand the project goals and the SME’s role
  • Understand what the SME was told about expectations
  • Ask the SME how they wish to interact
  • Prepare written questions in advance  and ask if the SME wants them before hand
  • Be professional
Q:

How does a task analysis help rapid e-learning?

A:

Development of effective training, regardless of the deliver modem, depends upon the Instructional Designer knowing:

  • Who the targeted learners are
  • What the learner needs to know to be successful
  • What the learner needs to do to be successful
  • What is not important versus what is
  • End-game expectations
  • The top 20% of the subject
  • The learner’s expectations
  • What is the delivery platform
  • The LMS

 

All of these topics are components of a complete task analysis

Q:

How long does it take to a design training course?

A:

There are multiple factors that impact design:

  • Delivery mode/modes if blended
  • Learner outcomes
  • Exit criteria – level of mastery
  • Engagement time
  • Budget

 

Development ratios range from 10/1 for simple facilitated to greater than 150/1 for complex elearning.

Q:

How much customizing can you do?

A:

TrainSmart can customize any learning content.

Q:

Do you take instructor-led courses and turn them into e-learning courses?

A:

TrainSmart can convert ILT to other mediums; however, SMEs must be available, there must be sufficient budget, and all of the issues discussed within these FAQs.

Q:

Who can benefit from TrainSmart's Instructional Design Services?

A:

If who means the learner, all of them.  If who means the organization, any organization.

Q:

What types of documents/materials do you develop?

A:

TrainSmart has, or can engage, any resource needed to develop any document needed to support any need or expectation.

Q:

If I wanted to hire TrainSmart for ID services, how would it work?

A:

Contact us and we’ll organize a “fact finding” conference call or face-to-face meeting.

Q:

Why would I want to hire TrainSmart for my ID needs?

A:

TrainSmart has extensive experience, many highly satisfied customers, and a focus to meet your expectations.

If you would like a price quote for your instructional design needs, give us a call at 1-800-807-8030.