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Discover Learning Designs’ (DLD) focus is on the Instructional Design of engaging, reflective and application-based workplace learning programs and training materials.
Simply put, we work to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of learning experiences.
We offer an end-to-end solution that includes consultation for delivery, implementation and evaluation of program effectiveness. We can also offer short term contract placements or other flexible engagement models.
Typical training materials developed for clients include the creation of workplace training programs, training materials, internal communications in the form of:
- High Level Training Designs (content/activity map)
- Training Architectures
- Facilitator Guides
- Learner Workbooks
- PowerPoint Presentations (key points/visuals)
- Quick References Guides/Job Aids
- Assessment Guides
- Pre-and Post-program Activities
- Program Evaluation Tools
- Program Launch Communications
- Manager Embedding Guides and Toolkits
- Mobile Learning Applications
- Any other form of training materials required
DLD has worked across the Financial Services, Mining, Not-for-profit, Government, Entertainment, Tourism, Automotive, Education and Retail sectors. Learn more
DLD also provides training materials and services to Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and creates AQTF and ASQA compliant materials from Accredited Training Packages. Learn More
Our instructional design and learning design process includes working with clients to determine key business objectives that inform the end goal of learning programs. We explore how the business objective impacts current skills, knowledge and behaviours and then create a learning experience to enable learners to reach the desired business goal.
DLD uses a variety of adult learning theories in learning design. Our approach is driven by the concept of inquiry-based Discovery Learning, which requires learners to make connections to previous knowledge, bring their own questions to learning, investigate and critically reflect on concepts and design ways to try out their ideas.
To maximize learner engagement and transfer of learning, we design programs that offer both formal and informal learning opportunities.
Examples of methodologies and activities that DLD uses in its learning design include:
- Appreciative Inquiry (strengths-based approach)
- Problem Based Learning (PBL)
- Critical Reflection
- Shared Learning
- Action Planning
- Case Studies
- Critical Incident Analysis
- Skills Practice
We can work with you from beginning to end; designing and developing the learning solution or project. This may involve one or more of our team.
Typical placements can last between one to six months and can be full or part-time. The resource will be managed by you.
We can design a learning solutions or project and hand over for your orgnaisation's instructional designer or developer to further develop and implement the solution.
DLD consistently exceeds our expectations. Their learner-focused approach have turned made programs fun and effective! We’ve received outstanding feedback from the participants. Thanks DLD!
I’m so happy to have found Discover Learning Designs to design and develop our bespoke learning program. We wanted to create a program consisting of online learning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job training. DLD aced it! We’re extremely happy with the end product.
DLD was a pleasure to work with – excellent communication, great attention to detail, fantastic ideas for hands-on engaging learning whilst meeting our tight deadlines. We are looking forward to working with DLD on future projects.
We appreciate DLD’s ability to create engaging and interactive eLearning programs with tight turn arounds. I always feel relaxed with DLD on board, knowing our program’s in good hands.
DLD draws on the ADDIE model of Instructional Design when delivering its instructional design service. Watch the video below to learn more.
ADDIE describes five phases:
In the Analyse phase, we investigate the learning needs and business objectives. We think about the learning environment and identify the learners’ existing knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Some key questions addressed during the analysis phase include:
- Who is the audience?
- What are their current capabilities?
- What are the required skills, knowledge and behavioral outcomes?
- What are the business benefits of designing a learning program?
- What types of learning constraints exist?
- What are the delivery options?
- What is the timeline for project completion?
- Who are the key stakeholders?
Design phase draws on information gathered during the Analyse phase and storyboards an engaging learning program. It’s where we get creative – in a logical and structured way.
This phase considers learning objectives, assessment instruments, activities, content and media selection.
The key output of the Design phase is a High Level Design ‘content map’, which describes content, learning objectives, activities and resources.
In the Develop phase, we create materials templates and ‘join the dots’ created by the Analyse and Design phases to develop learning program materials.
Draft versions of all materials are reviewed by stakeholders (we always involve the business!), and edits are made to produce a ‘pilot-ready’ program.
The Implement phase is where we dive in!
We road-test the pilot program, materials and delivery logistics.
We also create facilitator up-skill workshops and engage the business line managers to support the learning program.
The Evaluate phase reviews the effectiveness of the learning program and materials. It asks: ‘did we hit the mark?’ and consists of two parts: formative and summative evaluation.
Formative evaluation is present in each stage of the ADDIE process. It helps to identify any barriers or unexpected opportunities that may emerge throughout the process. The feedback gathered during formative evaluation is used to fine-tune the design, development and implementation of the program, gather reaction and identify what is not working.
Summative evaluation is the process of collecting data following implementation of the project in order to determine its effectiveness. It may measure knowledge transfer, learner outcomes, cost factors, and changes in learner behaviour.
By following the ADDIE model of instructional design, DLD delivers an exceptional instructional design service.
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