Designing Performance-based Instruction

Who should attend?

  • Instructional designers, subject-matter experts, instructors and performance analysts
  • Training directors, training managers, and training coordinators
  • Anyone who wants to design instructionally sound training programs that meet the needs of the learner



Course outline

“Can you design me a course for next week?” This is the reality for most training professionals who design instruction. There is an immediate need for a training intervention, and you have to design something…fast. At the same time, you want to design a course that is instructionally sound and will meet the needs of your target audience.

Don’t worry, you can still do both! All you have to do is follow the 10 steps to design success. By following this step-by-step approach to instructional design, you will be guaranteed to design instructionally sound materials in a short period of time that your audience will enjoy.

Even if you have never designed training before, you will learn the skills to write professional training materials. You will learn the “performance-based” approach to training design that focuses on improving the job performance of your target audience. You will learn the fundamentals of instructional design and practice your skills by designing a training program during the workshop. You will learn more about the profession of training in this workshop than you will with years of experience.

Our approach

  • We will give you practical, how-to skills that are immediately applicable to your job.
  • Your workshop will be fun and entertaining; plus, you will learn more than you ever thought was possible.
  • You can expect a relaxed and non-threatening learning environment.
  • We limit attendance to allow maximum participation and feedback.

Performance objectives

What You Will Learn:


  • Plan the design project.
  • Identify your project constraints.
  • Determine the short cuts you can take.
  • List the job tasks of the target audience.
  • Analyze the background and experience of the learners.
  • Prioritize the learners’ job tasks.
  • Conduct a task analysis of the high priority tasks.
  • Work with subject matter experts.


  • Write the course content.
  • Design the objectives for the training.
  • Determine the practice exercises for the participants.
  • Write the activities to review the content.
  • Design the tests to evaluate learning.
  • Determine the presentation methods to deliver the content.
  • Select the best strategy to deliver the training.


  • Structure the sequence of the content.
  • Write manuals, handouts, and job aids.
  • Write the lesson plan and instructor guide.
  • Build in the principles of adult learning.


  • Conduct a pilot of the course.
  • Revise the course based on the pilot.


  • Evaluate the customer satisfaction level of the course.
  • Determine the amount of learning that took place.
  • Follow-up to determine if the new skills transferred to the job.
  • Calculate the return on investment of the training.