Writing Training Materials That Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything


Writing Training Materials That Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything



The explosion of e-learning has attracted huge numbers of practitioners to the field of instructional design (ID), many with little or no actual ID training. And most current texts fail to cover the substantial recent developments in the field. Writing Training Materials that Work is different. In it, the authors identify, synthesize, and summarize the most current best practices in ID. They offer new ways of teaching declarative knowledge (facts, concepts, and principles) and well- to ill- structured procedural knowledge (problem solving). Their recommendations are based on those principles in the cognitive learning and instruction literature that are internally consistent, prescriptive, and have been empirically demonstrated to make a cost-effective difference. The authors' approach is easy to implement and consistently gets results because it focuses on teaching deep understanding and problem-solving, allowing learners to generalize and transfer learning to new situations without re-training. Whether you re an experienced instructional design practitioner who wants to expand your skills or a graduate student in an advanced instructional design course, Writing Training Materials That Work will prove to be a readable, usable, and indispensable guide!



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Dr. Wellesley (Rob) Foshay is vice president for instructional design and quality control for PLATO Learning, Inc. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Performance Improvement. Dr. Ken Silber is associate professor of instructional design at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He is a performance consulting/ID/change management professional with 30 years of experience in consulting in corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Michael B. Stelnicki is Professor and Chairman of the graduate Human performance and training program at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. He is a thirty-five year veteran presenter in the field and has worked as a journalist, psychology instructor, instructional television producer/director and consultant to business and industry.

Writing Training Materials That Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything