Designing Instructor and Learner Manuals

After completing your needs assessment and developing objectives and an evaluation strategy,  it’s time to assemble course materials.

  • How much material should I put in the learner manual?
    • Job aid?
    • Case study?
    • Exercise?
  • What about page layout and formatting?
  • Is there anything I can include to accelerate the learning process?
  • Do we need a facilitator manual and/or instructor’s guide?
  • What reference materials do the learners need during class?
  • Is there a format I should follow for writing instructions?
  • What about writing style?
  • What’s the best way to package or bind the manual?
  • Should there be handouts as well?

We’ll answer all of these questions and more in this useful and informative session.

Note: This program is designed and delivered to be learner centered. Attendees are actively engaged in the learning process and leave with content they can immediately apply. Additionally, the instructor is a training subject matter expert who provides helpful tips and techniques throughout the class while answering any specific questions related to your application.

Who Should Attend

  • Training and Development Managers
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • New or Experienced Trainers
  • HR Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Anyone Charged with Designing Manuals and/or Materials Used To Support Training

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand design of course material
  • Create learner and facilitator manuals
  • Practice formatting basics
  • Make your material reader-friendly
  • Practice and apply your new knowledge

Course Outline/Topics

8am – 12pm

  • Introductions & Logistics
  • Layout & Format
  • Writing to Connect with Your Audience
  • Accelerated Learning Techniques
  • Designing & Writing Job Aids
    • Short exercises
    • Case studies
    • Simulations and games
  • Practice and application


Breakfast is provided. Discounted parking is also available for those who park in the adjacent Grand Avenue parking structure.

Dates and locations to be announced.