Guiding the learning process
Guiding the Learning Process

Without any training
It's pouring, it's raining
Training or a trade
Hey you bet I'm afraid
Unequipped with a skill
But I'm thrilled with the thrill
Under skilled, unprepared
Hey, who wouldn't be scared?
— The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Noise Brigade — Let's Face It




Instructional, Learning, and Performance Design

Welcome to Big Dog and Little Dog's guide to Instructional Design, Learning Processes, and Performance Support

Instructional Design

Instructional System Design Manual (ISD) — A complete guide to ISD or ADDIE method (analysis, design, develop, implement or delivery, & evaluation).

Instructional Design Framework — A framework for designing learning environments.

Agile Design: An Ethos for Creating Learning Platforms — Rapid instructional design for agile, blended learning.

Extending Instructional System Design — How to move beyond ISD.

The above four guides compose an effective framework for designing learning environments. To learn how they fit together, it is recommended that you read A Framework for Designing Learning Environments (it's a short read):

Learning Design Framework


Instructional Design — Includes difference between ISD (Instructional System Design) and ID (Instructional Design).

Cognitive Task Analysis in Instructional Design: Mapping the Performance

A Table of Five Design Models: ADDIE, Design Thinking, Agile Design, System Thinking, and X Problem?

ADDIE Backwards Planning Model — A different way of looking at ADDIE

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains

A guide to eLearning


Mapping Pedagogies For Learning Design

Media, Strategies, & Methods — Includes guides to Social Learning, mLearning, and the 70:20:10 and 3-33 Learning and Training Models

Informal and Formal Learning

Learning Styles

Learner Self Assessments

Learning Through Researching: Adaptive & Adoptive Learning Methods

Learning Woonerf

Reflection and Learning

Learning and iPods

Performance and Tools

Performance Coaching

Two Dimensional Performance Modeling

A Trainer's Toolbox of Templates & Outlines

Learning Organization Profile (for information, see The Learning Organization)


Icebreaker, Reviewing, and Motivation activities

Eclectic Collection


Learning Statistics & Benchmarking

Estimating Design Cost & Development Times


Developing Diversity

Left Brain, Right Brain Metaphor

The Exceptional Learner

What Does the "A" in KSA Really Mean?

Instructional Design Examples

Using matched example/non-example pairs - Positive Reinforcement

Role Play - Counseling

Fishbowl - Appraisals

Self-reflection surveys and questionnaires for critical thinking:


Learning Dictionary

Learning Acronyms

Karl Popper's the Three Worlds of Knowledge

Reading Lists

Must Have Learning and Training Library

Book Reviews

Other Useful Pages

Learning and Training Quotes

Train-the-Trainer Degrees, Certificates, Workshops, and Courses

Training and HRD Careers