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Rapid Instructional Design: Learning ID Fast and Right, 2nd Edition

Rapid Instructional Design: Learning ID Fast and Right, 2nd Edition
Paperback - 512 pages - June 2006, Pfeiffer - ISBN 9780787980733
Item ID:4547E1BK

This is the second edition of the best-selling book that shows how to get instructional design done fast and get it done right! If you need a basic understanding of what instructional design is and a hands-on, to-the-point method of ensuring that the training and performance interventions you put into place meet the needs of your staff and your organization, this book is for you. It offers a no-nonsense walk through all of the steps in the instructional design process and each step is explained in language that is conversational and easy to understand. This new edition addresses such topics as learning analysis, return on investment, and designing asynchronous and synchronous e-learning, as well as a wealth of illustrative examples of storyboards and professional commentary and case studies from professionals in the field.

Table of Contents:

Preface to the Second Edition.
Chapter 1: What Is This Instructional Design Stuff Anyway?
Why Instructional Design?
What Is Instructional Design?
A Few Definitions.
Advantages of Instructional Design.
Disadvantages of Instructional Design.
Chapter 2: Before You Do Anything: Pre-Instructional Design Activities.
Organizational Needs.
Performance Assessment.
Assessing Training Needs.
Choosing Needs to Address.
The Needs Analysis Report.
Quick and Dirty Cost-Benefit Analysis.
Chapter 3: Do You Know What You Need to Do? Analysis.
Data-Collection Methods.
Why Analyze?
Types of Analysis.
Computer-Aided Analysis.
Chapter 4: How to Do It: Design.
Make the Right Decision Now.
Delivery Decision (Training Setting).
Design Documents / 130
Course Descriptions / 145
Gathering Content.
Adding Structure: The Instructional Plan.
Trainee Evaluation (Test Questions and Tests).
Hints for Designing in Various Formats.
Chapter 5: Doing It Right: Development.
End Products of Development.
The Lesson Plan As an End Product.
Scripts and Storyboards.
Participants? Packages and Other Print Materials.
Other Media.
Hints for Developing Material.
Chapter 6: Getting It Where It Does the Most Good: Implementation.
Beta Tests and Pilots.
Reviews Revisited.
Common Implementation Issues.
Hints for Implementation.
Chapter 7: Did It Do Any Good? Evaluation.
Why Evaluation?
The Key to Good Evaluation.
Types of Evaluation.
Evaluation of Self-Instructional Programs.
Revisions: What to Do with What You?ve Learned.
Hints for Evaluating.
Chapter 8: Doing It Faster: More Rapid Design Shortcuts.
Software for Instructional Design.
Analysis Software.
Test Development Software.
Miscellaneous Software.
Rapid Prototyping.
Learning Objects and Granular Training.
Public Courses.
Off-the-Shelf Programs.
Technology Vendors.
Performance Support?Based ?Training?.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
Training Management Systems.
Chapter 9: Asynchronous E-Learning Design.
Creating and Implementing an E-Learning System.
Determining a Comprehensive E-Learning Strategy.
Designing and Developing Good Programs.
Learning Management Systems and Learning Content Management Systems.
Preparing the Organization Globally for E-Learning.
Planning for a Smooth, Successful Implementation.
Creating an Effective Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
Asynchronous E-Learning Design and Development.
Material Development.
Learner Evaluation.
Learner Interfaces.
Beta Tests and Pilots.
Evaluating Asynchronous E-Learning Programs.
Chapter 10: Synchronous E-Learning Design.
Disadvantages and Misconceptions.
Design Considerations for Synchronous E-Learning.
Repurposing and Redesigning of Synchronous E-Learning Programs.
Other Synchronous Activities.
More Detailed Facilitator Guides.
Learner Guide.
General Technology Considerations.
Designing Continuing Interactions.
Audience Analysis.
Online Learning: A Special Type of E-Learning.
What the Learners Say.
Suggested Readings.
Other Resources.
About the Author.
Instructor Guide for Rapid Instructional Design.

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"The chapter titled ?Asynchronous E-Learning Design,? is worth the price of the book.  George understands the critical elements in implementing e-learning in an organization and getting it to stick."
?Bob Bodine, director, Global Development, Medtronic Inc.

"Provides a thorough roadmap for serious instructional designers who are trying to increase the value of the lessons they are creating and delivering. . . . this book is a 'must have'."
?Phyllis Wright, director, Training and Organizational Development Human Resources, Baylor Health Care System

"For any training director charged with developing a staff, and for any training staff intent on improving efficiency and effectiveness of instruction, Rapid Instructional Design by Dr. George Piskurich is a must."
?Lynnette Huler, director, Training and Organizational Development, The Nash Finch Company

"it is the rare textbook that would become dog-eared from continual use as a reference book long into my career"  (Technical Communication, February 2007)

Author Info:

George M. Piskurich is an organizational learning and performance consultant specializing in e-learning interventions, performance analysis, and telecommuting. He is the author of numerous books including Getting the Most from Online Learning, Self-Directed Learning: A Practical Guide to Design and Preparing Learners for e-Learning all published by Pfeiffer.

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