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Training Design Basics (ASTD Training Basics) Paperback – December 15, 2005

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Every new training course designer can benefit from Carliner's 37 Basic Rules. This user-friendly format takes you to the right place with practical, easy-to-use tools, notes, and tips to make course design effective. --Jean Barbazette, President, The Training Clinic

This book does what all good training programs should do--it practices what it preaches. Carliner excels as a teacher of best practices because he writes in a way that enables you to understand and apply key concepts immediately. --Graham Higgins, Manager, Learning & Development Group, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

Training Design Basics provides a clear 'back to basics' perspective that both new and experienced training designers will welcome. The step-by-step instructional design process offered by this book will be invaluable to both trainers and non-trainers as they work to build high-quality classroom training. --Ed Cohen, Senior Director, Center for Performance Excellence, Booz Allen Hamilton

About the Author

Saul Carliner is an associate professor of educational technology and Provost’s Fellow for digital learning at Concordia University in Montreal. Among his more than 200 publications are the international award-winning books, Designing E-Learning (ASTD 2006), Informal Learning Basics (ASTD 2012), and The e-Learning Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Online Learning (Pfeiffer 2008) with Patti Shank. He has received the 2014 Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research and the 2014 Jay Gould Award for Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication, and the 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from his university. He is a fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication, a past research fellow of ATD, and a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development. A long-time community leader, Carliner has chaired a museum membership auxiliary, civic transit board, several allocations committees for community foundations, and served on boards of several arts, professional, and community organizations.

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Product Details

  • Series: ASTD Training Basics
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: ASTD (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562863487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562863487
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saul Carliner, PhD, CTDP is Director of the Education Doctoral Program and associate professor of educational technology at Concordia University in Montreal. His teaching and research focus on emerging forms of learning and communication for the workplace, the management of groups that produce these materials, the transfer of research to practice, and the professional identities of trainers and technical communicators. Also an industry consultant, he advises clients on management and strategic planning issues. His clients include Alltel Wireless, Bell Canada, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, ST Microelectronics, Turkish Management Centre, the World Bank, and several government agencies.

Among his 8 books are the newly published Informal Learning Basics, best-selling Training Design Basics and award-winning e-Learning Handbook (with Patti Shank).

He is editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development and the STC Certification Commission, Fellow and past international president of STC, Scholar Member of the International Institute for Qualitative Methods, and a past Research Fellow of ASTD. For more information, visit http://education.concordia.ca/~scarliner.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Johns on June 16, 2010
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I am in the middle of a training design project, and only took a few minutes to look at this book, and it has helped already. Unlike a lot of other material, the information in this book is very clear, short, and to the point. There are a lot of visual aids, and pros and cons are listed frequently, making decision-making very easy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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Okay, I'm crazy--crazy about training. I'm just crazy enough to have packed this into my carry-on for my vacation to Las Vegas, and to have read it in my hotel room sipping overpriced coffee. The book is actually one of the best on training I have read. Why? It's one of the more thorough ones that encompasses most of the stages of training that the actual training specialist will experience.

Those stages go by the acronym, A.D.D.I.E. for analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Saul Carliner, the author, goes into detail of the first three which really constitute 90% of a training project. He adds important remedies to common stumbling blocks such as how to get cooperation from the sponsor, the subject matter expert, and more importantly how to go about identifying the performance discrepancy. The author also uses this space to expound upon adult learning theory, which is critical to getting learner "buy-in." (We don't teach people as much as facilitate their learning).

The design and development phases usually intimidate those who have to write them. I've observed it many times. The author provides checklists to help the instructional designer avoid getting swamped in the project. He was even more thorough in going through the do's and dont's of creating visuals and manuals that support the instruction. In fact, this is the best information I have seen anywhere.

While there are four levels of evaluation, the author covers three--reaction, learning and work transfer, mainly because most of us never get to practice step 4--measuring results e.g. fewer accidents, more customers, less spoilage, etc.

I was quite impressed with this work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Laendner on December 27, 2012
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Training Design Basics is a work that will instruct the line manager in the fundamentals of training design to meet the ongoing challenges of the business world. In an academic setting it will allow the learner to grasp the nuts and bolts of training design. The work is direct, straightforward and clear and will allow the manager or a learner to build upon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V on April 19, 2013
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This is a great training resource for beginners. It has an easy format to follow, with suggestions and tips for several types of training programs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2013
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It met my expectations of the book and was easy to follow the writer's thoughts. The forms used were helpful as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Strong Foundation on February 19, 2013
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Easy to read. Simple to follow. Practical application. This book has been a great group development tool for my team of Learning Specialists.
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By Rex Castle on September 16, 2013
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Easy read, easy to follow and great content. I read a lot of this stuff as (1) I like to read and (2) I like to train and (3) I like to train right. Not sure how I missed this one in my library, but glad to have stumbled across it. Perhaps not as applicable to senior trainers with years and years and years of experience, but I'd commend it to your reading.
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