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




Guiding the learning process
Guiding the Learning Process

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