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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: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 assistant professor of educational technology at Concordia University in Montreal, where he teaches courses in human performance technology, knowledge management, and qualitative research. His research interests include emerging genres of online communication and means of assessing the effectiveness of content for the workplace. He has also served on the faculties of the City University of Hong Kong, University of Minnesota, and Bentley College.

Also an industry consultant, Carliner advises corporations on strategic issues in e-learning and communication. His clients include Berlitz, Guidant, IBDM, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, 3M, VNU Business Media, and several government agencies. His other books include Designing E-Learning (ASTD, 2002), An Overview of Online Learning (HRD Press, 1999), and, with Carol Barnum, Techniques for Technical Communicators (Macmillan, 1992), Carliner is also a popular workshop presenter. His training workshops have been presented at the following events: TRAINING, Online Learning, ISPI conferences, and ASTD Webinars.

He is a fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communications, past president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement, and holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology from Georgia State University.


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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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13 of 13 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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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wzrdart 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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1 of 1 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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