Emboldened by dipping my toes into the waters of instructional design by adding programs like Rise, Canva, and Camtasia to my toolbox, I have embarked on a journey to create an instructor-led training as a volunteer project for a local nonprofit.
My first step is to analyze. This included a kick-off meeting with the project sponsor and subject-matter expert, which included some wonderful brainstorming and maybe some frantic notetaking. After discussing the problem that needs to be solved (members of a committee need an onboarding training to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as the “HR” of the organization), we narrowed down the project to a 30-minute instructor-led training which would be accompanied by the following deliverables:
The existing resources I have to work with are:
aforementioned 47-slide PowerPoint
40-page booklet from which the slideshow takes it content
two job aids that could use some sprucing-up
one very generous and knowledgeable project sponsor
Once I analyzed the situation, need for training, and overall big picture, I began to build a project plan using a template from Tim Slade. (The template was originally for an eLearning course, but I think it serves the purpose of gathering overarching details for this ILT.)
Some important aspects of this plan to note are those of my audience and objectives. From my experience teaching and developing and delivering professional development, if you don’t have a good handle on those two things, you’re going to struggle to even get started creating instruction or training. I created my objectives and brainstormed assessments that align with the objectives.
Truth be told, I will need to think about this a bit more to make it measurable. Seems difficult to do based on the nature of the training and committee, but I can get some ideas from the project sponsor in a follow-up and sign-off chat/email (or feedback from you fine folks!)
Some additional resources I’ll be using as I develop this ILT:
📖Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen. I’ve already read and marked up this book, but now it’s time to apply the chapters “Design for Knowledge” and “Design for Motivation”.
The ILT lessons in the 🖱️IDOL Courses Academy (I dove in and tried my hand at the #doitmessy challenge, so now it’s time to really get my hands dirty)
💭Group mentor sessions with IDOL mentor Mandy Brown - what a great opportunity to get feedback and chat about ID!
Then the (fun) work begins!
TOTAL TIME IN DEVELOPMENT SO FAR: 1 hour 30 mins (kick-off meeting; reviewing resources and creating plan)