Make Better Training Materials With Instructional Design Checklists


Like you, the folks at Convergence Training are always trying to learn more and be better at our jobs. We take courses, go to conferences, read books, and prowl the web.

Yadda yadda yadda.

During a recent web prowl, I came across a fascinating and helpful discussion in LinkedIn’s “Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’” group (note: that link will probably only work if you’re a LinkedIn member and a member of that group).

Linda (Berberich) Ross, a Senior Principal Learning Architect at Oracle Corporation (and a former coworker of yours truly, by coincidence), began the thread, which was titled “Instructional Design Review Checklist.”

It was a great discussion and many people provided links to helpful instructional design checklists to use for course development.

We’ve summarized those checklists here, including the links so you can check ’em out yourself.

Thanks to all those who participated in the original discussion on LinkedIn, and to my former coworker Linda for starting it all up.

Linda Ross started the whole thing by posing this question:

“I’m looking for a checklist or rubric that can be used to assess the quality of the instructional design of a technical training course. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I wanted to see what was out there. Any pointers?”

That question caught our attention. We’re interested in ID stuff, and we like checklists as you can see here and here. And Linda’s post drew the attention of lots of other people too. If you’ve got time, it’s definitely worth reading the full thread to get everyone’s comments.

But, if you’ve got ants in your pants and you need to dance, if you just want to see some of the checklists that people recommended, we’ve included some of the best below. Feel free to check ‘em out.

We’ve included the names of all the people who contributed to this discussion on LinkedIn at the bottom of this post.

One that I’m a big fan of, although I’m not sure it existed back when we originally wrote this article, is the list of “Training Maximizers” by Dr. Will Thalheimer. Check that one out, too. Hat-tip to the good doctor for that list.

What about you? Do you have any ID checklists you recommend?

As of May 1, 2013, the people who contributed to the discussion (and who provided the links above) were: Linda (Berberich) Ross, Cinda Holsombach-Ebner, Peter Condon, Ron Phelps, Sandra Rosputko, David Summar, Judith Norton, Richard Dealtry, Miller Alexandra, Michael Langdon, Ludwika (Ludy) Goodson, Blaise Subbiondo, Lisa Stortz, Eric Plasman, John Nicol, Terry Golightly, Diane Valenti, Neuza Pedro, and Jennifer Berghage.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

One thought on “Make Better Training Materials With Instructional Design Checklists

  1. The Convergence Training Blogger added the final two items here after the post was originally published–they seemed to fit in nicely.

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