Whether you’re administering elearning or live classroom training the end-goal is often the same.
At the end of the course you want the participants to leave with new information.
Not only that, you want them to apply this information.
The interesting this is that the majority of the time the success of a course (be it online or in-person) is hardly the result of the content. From my experience, the it is more dependent on the instructional design and delivery.
That’s not to say there aren’t exceptions.
Sometimes the content of a course isn’t detailed enough, and other times there is too much detail to adequately comprehend.
Still, you could in some ways attribute this to the instructional design.
Those of us who create course should be able to recognize when there isn’t sufficient information. Similarly, we are responsible for making sure that there isn’t so much content that the learner is overwhelmed and misses the main points.
If you’re looking for instructional design tips for both virtual and instructor-led training then you certainly have no shortage of material. A quick Google search will yield more results than you’ll ever have time to review.
It’s a subject that many people write about, I even write about it from time-to-time.
While articles and quick-tips are a great starting place, sometimes it’s useful to have a visual summary of best-practices when it comes to instruction.
Something that you can easily print out and keep close by as a constant reminder.
The inforgraphic above (created by How2) is a perfect example of such a job aid.
In it you’ll find 10 useful tips for quality instruction along with a brief description. Save it to your computer or print it out as a “cheat sheet”.