MONTHLY PROGRAM: Really Rapid Instructional Design Tips and Techniques

  • 13 Nov 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105 - Room 5310
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Join Thiagi, (Sivasailam Thiagarajan,Ph. D. Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group) and discover how he creates effective training programs, on budget and on time. Thiagi and his associates have successfully applied this approach to hundreds of training design projects around the world and now will share the essentials with you.

When the professor of the graduate course in Instructional Development asked the Thiagi what he wanted to do for his semester assignment, he answered “I’d like to redesign and repackage this course!” The professor humored the promising foreign student and the following semester the professor used Thiag’s package as the basis for the course. Two semesters later Thiagi renounced the model that he had been using in a much cited article, “Help! I am trapped inside and ID model!.”

Since that time Thiagi’s mission has been “To increase and
improve the use of interactive, experiential strategies to improve human performance in an effective, efficient, and enjoyable way.”

During this evening event Thiagi will provide an overview of the key elements that contribute to really rapid instructional design. 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. Recognized worldwide for developing “games” that improve engagement, peak curiosity and improve retention he takes every opportunity to model their application. Whether it is one of his many card games or his effective use of humor in his presentations you are sure to walk away not just with information but with a truly engaging experience!

Often Thiagi develops a new tool immediately in response to a question in a workshop, so the possibility exists for you to be “the first in your neighborhood” to have the latest Thiagi training creation.


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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