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Winter Workshop: Making Smart Choices in Instructional Design

  • 15 Jan 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual - Link to join will be emailed
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  • If you are a member of another local chapter, please contact us at to get the discount code. This will allow you to register at the Greater Boston Chapter Member rate.
  • If you are a member of another local chapter, please contact us at to get the discount code. This will allow you to register at the Greater Boston Chapter Member rate.


Winter Workshop:

Making Smart Choices in Instructional Design

with Megan Torrance

Friday, January 15, 2020

10:00Am – 4:00pm

VIRTUAL - Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with TorranceLearning's link to join

Ready to take your instructional design to the next level? All too often, instructional designers start with a body of knowledge and a desired modality … and then derive performance objectives from there. In this workshop we’re going to flip that model on its head. We’ll focus on making the smart choices that keep your training relevant, focused and effective by aligning with organizational goals and specific performance gaps. The design of this workshop allows you to practice on your own work projects so you’re getting real work done while you’re learning! (And you’ve got a much more meaningful job aid when you’re done to help you remember key concepts.)

The context for this material is the workplace learning environment, although higher education and K-12 educators are welcome to join. The techniques we’ll discuss apply broadly to face-to-face, virtual classroom, and online self-paced learning of all sorts.


At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Align instructional design projects with measurable organizational objectives
  • Define performance gaps
  • Determine whether training will solve the performance problem – or what might work instead
  • Select appropriate practice activities for training
  • Choose modalities for training that are suitable to your environment

Class time & activities

This virtual classroom experience takes place via Adobe Connect over 6 hours (5 hours of active instructional time, with a 30 minute meal break and 10 minute breaks in between topics). We’ll use the following exercises to help connect the learning to your own work:

  • Class discussion (voice and chat)
  • Guided practice on your own work projects
  • Quick polls for understanding
  • Examples provided by class members to illustrate an approach
  • Evidence-informed strategies and examples from actual projects


You’ll keep the following tools to apply later:

  • Business Goals & Learner Goals template
  • Performance Gaps template
  • Decision Tree: Will Training Solve the Problem?
  • Job aid: Training Modalities

About the Speaker

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management and Making Sense of xAPI.

Website Photo/Video Release Authorization

In consideration of my position as an attendee/member of the Association for Talent Development Greater Boston (ATD GB), I agree with ATD GB’s unrestricted right/permission to take, use, re-use, publish and re-publish photographic, video/audio content including, in whole or in part, all media now and hereafter known for illustration, promotion, training, exhibition, advertising in connection with ATD GB and its initiatives.  I expect ATD GB to use the content professionally, but waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product/products, advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.  I hereby certify that I am fully competent and of full legal age and have the right to execute this release with ATD GB.

Refund Policy:

A full refund will be issued if the cancellation request is made on or before fourteen calendar days before the scheduled event.

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