Instructional Design – What Impact Does It Have?

Written by Tammy Netherland, Senior Manager, Technical and Safety, qt电子官网


Have you ever been in a class, wondering what you’re supposed to be learning? Instructional design can make all the difference when putting together any type of curriculum. 你可能已经知道了, qt电子官网 released a new and improved chemical operations curriculum in June with many enhancements, 包括:

  • 记录
  • 定制课程的能力
  • 新的EHS部门
  • Additional plant equipment lessons
  • 一种新型隔膜泵制造技术.

在设计这些新功能时, we spent considerable time contemplating the instructional design, 哪一个, 时做得很好, 将对抗不一致的训练, target learning efficiencies and align the learner, 培训师和其他利益相关者.


When developing the ChemOps培训 curriculum, the first questions we considered were:

  • 谁是我们的目标受众?
  • What do we want this audience to learn once they’ve completed the training?

These two simple questions guided our design and development of the learner experience. Key learning objectives anchor all aspects of the training process. 没有他们, training is like a sailboat adrift in the wind, and the learner is blown about with little direction.

Each learning objective within ChemOps培训 includes:

  • An explanation of what the learner will be able to do when they complete each module.
  • A description that is measurable and observable.
  • A statement that is clear and comprehensible by all parties involved.

These statements clarify the material that must be included in the curriculum. But how do they help the learner, the 培训师和所有利益相关者?


The learner –  our target audience – is the person everyone is focused on. For learners, the objectives function as the compass of training. Objectives are intended to explicitly guide the learner in the right direction and specifically identify what the learner should be able to do once training is complete. Well-designed training demonstrates these objectives from the onset and reinforces them throughout the content. Each module contains practice questions of each objective, ultimately helping the learner manifest them on the assessment. ChemOps培训 uses this precise design model in all modules, allowing the learner to understand exactly what is expected and demonstrate practical application.

Learning Objectives for the Trainer

Not only do our learners need guidance, but trainers do as well. Most trainers take on this role because they are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs and the related information. They not only understand the basics of what an operator needs to perform on a daily basis, but they also intricately know the nuances and deviations within such processes. 我们庆祝这个, 然而, sometimes these very qualities function as a fatal flaw of streamlining knowledge sharing. Learning objectives provide boundaries for what must be covered. They keep topics focused and help cut through the extra information, alleviating the learner from becoming overwhelmed by superfluous data and detail. These extra details are beneficial to the trainer once the leaner demonstrates comprehension of the objectives and is ready for the next level of data.


利益相关者, 如主管, plant managers and all other decision-makers, benefit from understanding of the knowledge and skills the training brings to the workforce. By grasping the learning objectives, stakeholders can be assured new operators will meet on-the-job expectations related to specific objectives. By building the skill set of their team members, managers’ and supervisors’ confidence is in turn increased by knowing their workforce is fully trained in their facility’s processes, 化学反应和设备.

Instructional Design Makes all the Difference

回到我们开始的地方. Instructional design makes ALL the difference! By clearly defining learning objective and cutting through extraneous information, training is optimized with explicit expectations, 帮助学习者集中注意力, 培训师和所有利益相关者, thus providing organizational alignment and helps keep your metaphorical sailboat on the charted course.

To learn more about how ChemOps培训 incorporates robust instructional design, 联系乔Dettinger, Senior Director of Technical and Safety,, or Tammy Netherland, Senior Manager of Technical and Safety Education