Workshops - Systematic Course Development

What is it?

A three-day seminar that provides course design basics to individuals with technical expertise. Participants learn how to apply a 12-step process for creating training. Participants practice what is taught in the seminar and receive feedback throughout. The Systematic Course Development participant manual is a comprehensive reference complete with job aids to support participants back on the job.

Who should attend?

Those with technical expertise who have little or no formal training in course development but are required to create well designed, systematic instruction. Systematic Course Development is also relevant for instructors who have been given responsibility for the development of courses as part of their job or as a special project.

What are the seminar objectives?

Participants acquire the basic skills to design, develop, evaluate and prepare instruction/training relevant for a clearly defined need, target population and context.

Upon completing the seminar, participants are able to:

  • Identify and define the major steps in the Systematic Course Development model.
  • Discriminate between situations requiring application of all steps and those requiring only some.
  • Create a project plan.
  • Conduct a learner analysis.
  • Conduct a context analysis.
  • Conduct hierarchical and procedural task analyses.
  • Create a structured analysis document.
  • Create performance objectives.
  • Create criterion tests.
  • Create a structured training design document.
  • Produce prototype versions of course materials.
  • Prepare an expert verification and revision plan.
  • Conduct learner verification tryouts and revise course materials.
  • Identify requirements for final production of course materials.

What training methods are used?

This three-day seminar is highly interactive and experiential. It includes a wide range of instructional techniques. Participants practice what is taught in the seminar and receive feedback on their efforts. During the seminar participants have the opportunity to work on course development for real world projects.

Who are the seminar instructors?

The instructors are experienced, professional instructional designers and trainers with strong academic backgrounds. They have conducted the Systematic Course Development seminar numerous times with consistently positive results.

Instructors have many years of experience in training and development research, teaching and consulting with business and industry. They have written and produced a variety of instructional materials as well as numerous books and articles on instructional/training design. HSA instructors have won awards for their work in the field of instructional and performance technology.

What is the seminar's background?

This seminar was developed and tested over a three-year period in business and industry. Seminar evaluation results and follow-up data are available as are client references.


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