Book Review- Mastering the Instructional Design Process

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Mastering the Instructional Design Process: A Systematic Approach
William J. Rothwell & H.C. Kazanas
Pfeiffer and Company
Pages: 482
ISBN: 978-0787996468
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In Mastering the Instructional Design Process, William J. Roth well and H.C. Kazanas, provide a systematic approach for developing instructional design competencies based on the Board of Standards of Performance and Instruction (IBSTBI). Rothwell is currently a professor of workplace learning and performance and Pennsylvania State University, President of Rothwell and Associates and has written over 60 books in the learning and performance field. H.C. Kazanas is currently professor emeritus of education at the University of Illinois and authored or co-authored eleven books relating to technical training in manufacturing and human resource development.
 There have been plenty of articles and blogs written on whether one should pursue a formal education or an informal education in order to become a proficient instructional designer. Well, this book is written for those who chose the latter.
The book begins with a pre-test on the instructional systems design and allows the reader to use it as a diagnostic tool as a self-assessment. The first chapter provides the definition of instructional design and ties in its relationship to human performance problems. This component is vital as the book like most performance books, gives alternatives to instructional solutions. Chapter 2 notes that not all solutions can be solved by instructional design, rather, other types of tools including feedback and job aids. Chapter 3 discusses the various methods that can be used for performance analysis. Chapters 4 through  analyzing the needs, learners, and work setting by explaining the steps in the instructional design process including conducting a needs assessment and developing a profile of the learner.
 Chapters 8 through 10 delve into writing performance objectives including figures, and a breakdown of verbs associated with objectives in the cognitive domain. Chapters 11-13 discusses delivering the instruction effectively including choosing appropriate instructional strategy including tables and worksheets. If you are more interested in learning how to design management systems, chapters 14 through 18 can be used to understand not only how to plan, and monitor an instructional design but also communicating effectively through visualization.
 Finally, chapter 20 discusses ways on being an effective instructional designer through some personal reflection from the authors. The appendix includes resources on online instructional design, learning theories and instructional design and knowledge management. As an extra bonus, there are a number of supplementary materials that are available for download free with the purchase of the book including worksheets, checklist and activities.
Learning Development and Human Resource professionals can benefit from reading this book. It combines both instructional design and performance improvement steps with ease. Anyone seeking to improve their understanding of instructional design will enjoy reading this book.

 

 

 

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January Book Of The Month

book month logo I decided to kick off the new year with a classic entitled, Mastering the Instructional Design Process.  

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First published in 1992, the book provides a step-by-step guide through all aspects of the instructional design process. Written by William J. Rothwell and H.C. Kazanas, the fourth edition provides the most current information and changes of the instructional design profession. the authors explain, “The book identifies the core competencies o the International Board of Standards of Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI). The book identifies the core competencies o instructional system design and presents them in a way that helps to develop these competencies and apply them successfully in the real world.”

I look forward to reading this book and can’t wait to discuss it with you next month!

October Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Article Links

Why High Performers Really Like Performance Reviews
Fun: There’s a Right way and a Wrong Way
Why Leaders Should Focus on Employee Investments not Engagement
5 Content Troubleshooting tips for Instructional Designers
When Performance Reviews Simply Aren’t Enough
How to Get People Involved in Training

 

Book of the Month

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As workplace learning and development professionals, we spend most of our time improving the performance levels of employees and organizations. However, in order for us to stay current on the latest trends and resources we must continue to read and study on a regular basis.

It is for this reason that I created a book of the month club. each month I will introduce a workplace learning or performance book to read and discuss. A new book will be introduced the fourth Wednesday of each month. During the third Wednesday of each month, I will write a review and hope you join me in sharing your thoughts and opinions on each book. I will also include in future readings books that are both motivational and inspirational.

The first book that I have chosen is the Trainer’s Handbook. trainers handbook2 It is a great book to start with since it serves as a comprehensive book on a variety of training topics which could benefit both new and seasoned workplace learning professionals. This book can be found on Amazon.com. Here is a description of the book on Amazon.com:

The Trainer’s Handbook walks readers step by step through the training process and contains tips on assessing the needs of participants. Keeping training learner-centered, incorporating activities into training, selecting audiovisual aids, and closing sessions creatively. As practical as it is instructive, the guide is filled with worksheets, checklists, and assessments.

I am ready to start reading, How about you?

 

August Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Article Links

Performance Management: We Won’t Fix The Problem by Ignoring It.

The Real Test of a Manager? Its Successfully Fighting For Your Team.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture.

6 Common Networking Mistakes to Avoid.

5 Models to Pull Out of your Hat on a Moment’s Notice.

8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives to Meetings.

The Message is Clear: Workers Still Want Balance, Growth, Advancement

Become an Expert in Instructional design

The Enormous Cost of Unhappy Employees

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Job Aid App

bloom app reviewBloom’s Revised Taxonomy Job Aid (free download on Google Play) by Orion Beadling, is a hierarchical model for classifying learning instructional activities and provides educators, instructional designers, and human performance technologist with a job aid

The app highlights each level and includes the verbs, suggested material, activity  and a citation.

bloom pic1 For example, at the remembering level, the app includes several verbs which can be used for a lesson plan or an instructional design. The arrows on the top part of the app will advance you to the next level. You also have the option of moving from each section by either tapping on the topic such as material or  you can use the right and left arrows.

Overall, it is an easy app to use and provides you with all the necessary information you need to develop a learning objective or lesson plan.