WORKSHOP: Faster, Cheaper, Better: Really Rapid Instructional Design

  • 13 Nov 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105 - Room 5310
  • 18


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Do you want to know the secrets of how to design your learning programs faster, cheaper, and better? Then don’t miss this opportunity to join Thiagi, (Sivasailam Thiagarajan,Ph. D. Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group) and experience for yourself how to create effective training programs, on budget and on time.

Thiagi’s FCB (Faster, Cheaper, Better) workshop is based on evidence-based principles. His training design approach borrows from a diverse set of disciplines that
include cognitive science, self-adaptive social systems, creative problem solving, and improv activities. Thiagi and his associates have successfully applied this approach to hundreds of training design projects around the world.
In this walk-the-talk workshop, you will learn to rapidly and inexpensively design performance-based training materials that produce measurable business results. Specifically, this workshop helps you achieve these objectives:
  1. Business alignment. Relate training to organizational and professional results. Use this information to specify authentic content, provide authentic context, and generate authentic examples.
  2. Principles. Identify evidence-based principles that contribute to faster, cheaper, better training. Recognize how these principles are applied in case studies. Apply the principles to your own training design projects.
  3. Content sources. Identify recorded and live learning content sources to create faster, cheaper, and better training packages.
  4. Learning activities. Use templates for learning activities to rapidly design training packages that build upon existing content sources such as books, articles, video recordings, and presentations by subject-matter experts.
  5. Procedural flexibility. Demonstrate how to combine, rearrange, and skip key steps in the traditional instructional design process to speed up, reduce costs, and improve the effectiveness of training design.
  6. Participant role change. Get participants involved as co-designers to generate content, construct questions, and assume the roles of trainers, testers, and coaches in the design and delivery of faster, cheaper, and better training.
  7. Trainer role change. Change the roles of trainers to become co-designers and facilitators in the design and delivery of faster, cheaper, and better training.
Who Should Attend?

Trainers, instructional designers, training managers, and facilitators


Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably.

Thiagi's long-term clients include AT&T, Arthur Andersen, Bank of Montreal, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, IBM, Intel, Intelsat, United Airlines, and Liberty Mutual. On a short-term basis, Thiagi has worked with more than 50 different organizations in high-tech, financial services, and management consulting areas. For these clients, Thiagi has consulted and conducted training in such areas as rightsizing, diversity, creativity, teamwork, customer satisfaction, human performance technology, and organizational learning.

Thiagi has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He wrote the definitive chapters on simulations and games for ISPI's Handbook of Human Performance Technology, ASTD's Training & Development Handbook, and the American Management Association's Human Resources Management and Development Handbook.

Thiagi has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences. At ISPI, Thiagi holds the "records" for making the most presentations, conducting the most preconference workshops, and being invited to make the most Encore presentations. Thiagi is also a regular presenter at Lakewood's TRAINING Conferences and the annual conferences of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).

Thiagi has been the president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Associating (NASAGA), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Association for Special Education Technology (ASET). He has received 17 different awards and Presidential Citations from ISPI, including the society's highest award, Honorary Life Member. He also received an Honorary Life Member award from NASAGA as well as its highest award, Ifill-Raynolds Award. Internationally recognized as an expert in multinational collaboration and active learning in organizations,

Thiagi has lived in three different countries and has consulted in 21 others.

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