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Icebreakers are short activities built into the course design. Their main purpose is to build rapport between learners and to promote fun and collaboration. They work best at the beginning of a course or each time a new group is formed during a course. Keep them short and simple or they will be viewed as a waste of time.
Brainteasers are used to engage learners in training. They create opportunities for learners to work with each other and provide mental breaks that help to re-energize learners. If possible, make brainteasers content-related to help reinforce the content in a fun, yet subtle, way.
12 Tips for Instructional Designers
One of the most important facets of becoming an effective instructional designer is adopting a performance-based focus and approach to the design of training.
Instructional methods are used to present content and allow learners to apply what they have learned. When selecting a method, consider how suitable it is to the task (content) being taught, target audience, training time available, design time available, and budget available.
Instructional Clarity Checklist
This is a checklist for self-diagnosis. It will indicate what you do well and what you need to do to improve the clarity of your instruction.
Maximize Your Learning Checklist
This checklist is used to establish an employee’s responsibility for learning before, during, and after a course. It helps to ensure the transfer of training to the job.
Minimize Nervousness and Anxiety Checklist
This checklist includes a set of 20 tips and techniques for minimizing the nervousness and anxiety that all instructors feel to some degree before teaching a course.
This checklist is used to assess the instructional soundness of a course and its impact on job performance.