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The Trainer's Handbook by Karen Lawson

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Chapter 6Writing an Instructional Plan

Instructional Plan Overview

The training approach described in this book can be summarized in one word: active. The underlying philosophy, as described in Chapter 2, is that adult participants are actively involved throughout the training session. The design and development strategies, therefore, reflect an active, experiential approach to training, allowing participants to discover ideas, principles, and concepts through a series of well-planned and well-executed structured experiences. Because the adult, in particular, learns by doing, not by being told, the design and development process includes very few didactic elements.

Time Needed to Develop a Training Program

The most frequently asked question in train-the-trainer sessions is “How long does it take to design and develop a training program?” The answer: “It depends.” As frustrating as that might be to those who want and need to know how much time they must devote to this effort, there are just too many variables to give an accurate answer. A “rule of thumb” is 10 to 20 hours of development for every hour of delivery.

However, this figure can change dramatically. In the September 1996 ...

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