Experts in Workplace Learning

Instructional Design

Discover Learning Designs’ (DLD) focus is on the Instructional Design of engaging, reflective and application-based workplace learning programs and training materials.

Simply put, we work to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of 
learning experiences.

We offer an end-to-end solution that includes consultation for delivery, implementation and evaluation of program effectiveness.

Typical training materials developed for clients include the creation of workplace training programs, training materials, internal communications in the form of:

  • High Level Training Designs (content/activity map)
  • Facilitator Guides
  • Learner Workbooks
  • PowerPoint Presentations (key points/visuals)
  • Quick References Guides/Job Aids
  • Assessment Guides
  • Pre-and Post-program Activities
  • Program Evaluation Tools
  • Program Launch Communications
  • Manager Embedding Guides and Toolkits
  • eLearning
  • Mobile Learning Applications
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • Any other form of training materials required

DLD has worked across the Financial Services, Mining, Not-for-profit, Government, Entertainment, Tourism, Automotive, Education and Retail sectors.  Learn more

DLD also provides training materials and services to Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and creates AQTF-compliant materials.

Our Learning Design

Our instructional design and learning design process includes working with clients to determine key business objectives that inform the end goal of learning programs. We explore how the business objective impacts current skills, knowledge and behaviours and then create a learning experience to enable learners to reach the desired business goal.

DLD uses a variety of adult learning theories in learning design. Our approach is driven by the concept of inquiry-based Discovery Learning, which requires learners to make connections to previous knowledge, bring their own questions to learning, investigate and critically reflect on concepts and design ways to try out their ideas.

To maximize learner engagement and transfer of learning, we design programs that offer both formal and informal learning opportunities.

Examples of methodologies and activities that DLD uses in its learning design include:

  • Appreciative Inquiry (strengths-based approach)
  • Storytelling
  • Debate
  • Critical Reflection
  • Shared Learning
  • Metaphors/Analogies
  • Video
  • Visualisation
  • Action Planning
  • Case Studies
  • Critical Incident Analysis
  • Acronyms
  • Skills Practice
  • Simulation

Our Approach to Instructional Design

DLD draws on the ADDIE model of Instructional Design when delivering its instructional design service.

ADDIE describes five phases:

  1. Analyse
  2. Design
  3. Develop
  4. Implement
  5. Evaluate

1. Analyse

In the Analyse phase, we investigate the learning needs and business objectives. We think about the learning environment and identify the learners’ existing knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Some key questions addressed during the analysis phase include:

  • Who is the audience? What are their current capabilities?
  • What are the required skills, knowledge and behavioral outcomes?
  • What are the business benefits of designing a learning program?
  • What types of learning constraints exist?
  • What are the delivery options?
  • What is the timeline for project completion?
  • Who are the key stakeholders?

 2. Design

Design phase draws on information gathered during the Analyse phase and storyboards an engaging learning program. It’s where we get creative – in a logical and structured way.

This phase considers learning objectives, assessment instruments, activities, content and media selection.

The key output of the Design phase is a High Level Design ‘content map’, which describes content, learning objectives, activities and resources.

3. Develop

In the Develop phase, we create materials templates and ‘join the dots’ created by the Analyse and Design phases to develop learning program materials.

Draft versions of all materials are reviewed by stakeholders (we always involve the business!), and edits are made to produce a ‘pilot-ready’ program.

4. Implement

The Implement phase is where we dive in!

We road-test the pilot program, materials and delivery logistics.

We also create facilitator up-skill workshops and engage the business line managers to support the learning program.

5. Evaluate

The Evaluate phase reviews the effectiveness of the learning program and materials. It asks: ‘did we hit the mark?’ and consists of two parts: formative and summative evaluation.

Formative evaluation is present in each stage of the ADDIE process. It helps to identify any barriers or unexpected opportunities that may emerge throughout the process. The feedback gathered during formative evaluation is used to fine-tune the design, development and implementation of the program, gather reaction and identify what is not working.

Summative evaluation is the process of collecting data following implementation of the project in order to determine its effectiveness. It may measure knowledge transfer, learner outcomes, cost factors, and changes in learner behaviour.

By following the ADDIE model of instructional design DLD delivers an exceptional instructional design service.

We provide learning design services in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and South East Asia. Contact us on +61 03 5988 9887 for an obligation-free conversation about your project or make an online enquiry today.

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