What Is Training Design?

by Sharon O'Toole; Updated September 26, 2017
Good training requires a good design.

Training design or instructional design is the process of creating a blueprint for the development of instruction. Whether the training is to be conducted in a classroom, delivered using an electronic format or using some combination of methods, the design process sets the stage for the development of a program that produces results.


One key factor in designing training is viewpoint. The designer must consider the training from the viewpoint of the learner.


The design phase of developing training includes establishing learning objectives, planning the steps to achieve those objectives, sequencing and structuring the steps to be taken including projects, lectures, videos, assignments, presentations, readings or other activities, and determining evaluation procedures.


In designing a training program, the designer considers a variety of factors that will impact the training, including the current knowledge level of the audience, availability of various technologies, time frames, available resources and how the training may complement or conflict with existing programs.


The benefit of good design is effective training that engages learners with various methods, flows logically for better learning, uses resources wisely and meets learning objectives


ADDIE, a common model used by training professionals, includes the design step. Steps in the model are analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

About the Author

Based in Boise Idaho, Sharon O’Toole has over 20 years experience writing for business and industry. She has worked in the areas of education, technology and publishing. She holds an editing certification, expert level, conferred by Expert Rating Global Certifications and a Master’s degree from Leicester University, UK.

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