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DESIGN DarshiniThakkar elaborates on the concept

Organizations are transforming themselves into learning organizations in order to achieve a secure position in the market. But to maintain themselves in this position they need to embed proper learning procedures. Instructional Design (ID) is one of the finest methods for effective delivery of trainings. ID is the practice of maximizing efficacy and appeal of the learning process to help the learners study compe- tently. It is a systematic learning process that goes through the phase of vigorous research and analysis. ID talks about ‘how’ along with ‘what’ to learn. Need for instructional designing ID is concerned with what occurs before and after the


Prachi Joshi


Prachi Joshi is the Head of Department/Guidance Counselor/Lead Faculty at Mumbai EducationTrust.She is anMBAwith a PostGraduateDiploma in InstructionalDesigningfromSymbiosisPune.She isanaccomplishededucatorforovereightyears with demonstrated ability to teach,motivate and direct students whilemaintaining high interest and achievement.

actual learning process, thus helping in sound decision making. It develops the required support material in a comprehensive manner in order to match the shifting changes of the rapidly growing corporate environment and serve as an accurate way for thorough evaluations. ID results in

Deeksha Jawa, Head – Project Management, Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, is a post graduate inManagementHRandGreenBelt inSixSigmawithabackground inPsychology.She is also a DISC certified behaviour analyst with a passion for behavioural sciences and combines herknowledgeofpsychometrictestingwithhermanagementexpertisetomanageprojectsend to end. She is currently pursuing post graduate diploma course in Instructional Designing to be able to design & develop workshops in order tomeet the changing needs of businesses. THE EDITOR’S COLUMN Deeksha Jawa

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Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructionaltheorytoensurethequalityof instruction. It istheentireprocessoftheanalysisof learningneeds and goals, and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs. It includes development of instructional materials and activities; and tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities. “E-learning is set to evolve as a breakthrough paradigm for people development. It will revolutionize the foundation of learning & development by evolving as a tool that will cater to all learning needs and styles.” - Niket Karajagi, Founder Director, Atyaasaa The current Knowledge Beans has focused on Instructional Designing, in viewof its increasing demand in the corporate. So go ahead and enjoy it over a cup of coffee!!

Ankita Velankar – Trainee Consultant - Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, has completed her Masters in Business Administration and has majored in Human Resource Management. Her wonderful interpersonal skills help her in creating quality relations and enhance her learnings in the field of training and development. She is highly passionate about learning languages, teaching and dancing. NOTES FROM SUB-EDITOR Ankita Velankar

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continued from previous page | INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN – A TRANSFORMATIONAL PHASE : Prachi Joshi reliable and validated trainings that consistently meet the business needs of an organization.

Instructional Designers in India Instructional design is a trend that is relatively new to India but it has been around for some time in countries like the UK and the US. With the increase in the outsourcing work, India can become one of the largest countries to outsource instructional designers. We have very few professionals who are proficient about the basics of ID and are able to implement the same effectively. And in order to encash the profits through this profession we require people to thoroughly know the ID principles and its right application. Creating awareness about ID has become the need of the hour. We can do the same by incorporating a separate department in organizations which will help in achieving the learning and training goals of organizations effectively.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN -THE UPCOMINGTREND Instructional Design is the latest buzz in the education and training industry. What does an Instructional Designer do? What are the trends in the industry? Let’s open up some of the mysteries of these questions. Instructional Design – What it means? A class teacher is reviewing the scores of the quiz she had recently given to her students. In her mind she is recalling how she had taught her students and working on innovative ways to teach them in the future through Instructional Design. The areas of required learning have already been established and she is breaking those learning tasks into components and pre-requisites for easier elucidation. “The term Instructional Design refers to the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning into plans for instructional materials, information resources and evaluation.” Upcoming Trends in Instructional Design (ID) Corporate training, a focus for all forward looking companies, has now become a powerful tool to impact the bottom line, with improved business performance. Training nowadays does not focus on the ‘teacher’ or the ‘presenter’ but is on the ’learner’. This translates into the need for effectiveness in delivery to keep the

Manish Chawla, Management Graduate with Commerce background is the Director at Midas Career Solutions, which provides training and placements for engineering students in the designing field. He uses the principles of system thinking, instructional design,and other skill theories in his own firm to create an edge over the competitors as well as learning fromhis ownmistakes. ODENTHUSIAST’SORATE ManishChawla

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learner engaged by surpassing the training limitations. ID plays an important role to create a learning process which is interactive, interesting and also increases the potential of our learning abilities as well, in the growing trends of distance learning or E-learning. ID has been used over the ages by almost all of us knowingly or unknowingly to come to a decision, using our past learning and combining with the technologies of the present, and that is what ID is. “Give a person a six hundred page book on how to get out of a room with no doors and you’ll put them to sleep. Put a person in a roomwith no doors, have the walls gradually close in on them, give them the same book, and you have an engaging learning experience.” continued from previous page | INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN – THE UPCOMING TREND : Manish Chawla


Implementation – The plan is put into action and a procedure for training the learner and teacher is developed. Evaluation – To evaluate whether the audience has achieved expected learning outcomes. Over the past century, contributions in the field of training have revolved around how individuals learn. In order for individuals to have effective learning, they need to incorporate different interactive and engaging methods. ID helps to develop course that directly applies to real world tasks and encourage audience to link skills learned to current job responsibilities. The trend in training has changed from standardization to customization. ID helps to build guidelines to design the learning environment that provide appropriate combination of challenge, self-direction and empowerment. It provides active involvement of learners. ID helps individuals save their time to get trained with the help of web-based courses.

Darshini Thakkar, Trainee Consultant at Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited,has completed her Masters in Business Administra- tion in Finance. She holds a keen interest in the field of Human Resource Management.She loves to follow her passion,which is to bringtransformationalchange in livesofpeopleby interactingwith them and analyzing their behaviour. She believes that working diligently towards your own interest can bring inner satisfaction and happiness.

Training is no longer about only delivery, but focuses on effective transfer of knowledge. But trainers no longer have the luxury of time for creating training programs. Instructional Design can effectively cater to organizational needs. It refers to a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in consistent manner. The power of internet has opened up the potential in this sector and to a large extent; the ID (instructional design) technology is being used to develop computer-based and web-based content. Companies are realizing that it is now possible to develop highly interactive and user friendly tools to transfer knowledge and conduct training. To ensure that a course is designed to meet the needs of those to be trained, many instructional design models are followed out of which the main model is:






Analysis - Analysis of the ID identifies the learning problem, goals and objectives, the audience’s needs, existing knowledge. Design - A systematic process of specifying learning objectives. Detailed prototypes are made. Development – Actual creation of the content and learning materials based on the design phase.

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Neha Kamat – Senior Consultant,Atyaasaa Consulting Pvt.Ltd.,has a post graduate diploma and is a Gold medalist in the field of Human Resources. She is also a DISC certified behavioral analyst and is currently pursuing her post graduate diploma in Instructional Designing. She uses her analytical skills to apply management knowledge in dynamic business context and facilitate people to bring out the best in themselves. She aspires to gain expertise and contribute in all facets of HR.

It is a well known fact that children learn faster than adults. Children have an innate learning mechanism to grasp information, comprehend, and change themselves. However, in adulthood the learning process is slower. It is said - what we, as adults, think we know, often interferes in the process of learning! Thus, creating an effectual learning module for adults is a challenge all corporate training and development professionals face. Instructional Designing (ID) is about creating an engaging and effective educational process, for maximum retention and implementation of the learning. Through the application of numerous ID tools, techniques, frameworks and adult learning principles the instructional interventions are made more potent. Atyaasaa has been using the fundamentals of the ID process for all its training and coaching programmes for over a decade. Moving a step ahead we now present a workshop on ‘Instructional Designing’ to help the training and development professionals, content writers, course designers and individuals in the educational industry to craft efficient learning solutions. This two day workshop entails not only the essential models and practices in the field of ID but also the latest trends as well as e-learning standards. This workshop will help you assess the learners’ needs and create learning objectives. Furthermore, it will aid you to design and develop diverse kinds of effective interventions. It also includes tips and ways to ensure successful delivery, while using evaluations to further enhance the impact of the process. Like our all other workshops, this too is a completely experiential process, encompassing group activities, live case studies and workouts. Remember the age old saying – “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for lifetime” – The process of learning is of far greater significance than the specific learning outcomes!


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