Thank You Darryl Sink for a Great Program and Workshop at ISPI Charlotte!

This past Thursday evening and all day Friday yesterday I attended ISPI Charlotte’s evening Program and all-day Workshop with our speaker, Darryl Sink. Our over 50 members and guests for the evening program and 32 for the Workshop saw a top notch presentation and foundational skills building in Instructional Systems Design.

Dr. Sink tied in the work of Thiagi and Stolovitch (all from the program at Indiana) to his “process” for approaching ISD efforts. He knows what he is talking about, as his work has received numerous awards and recognition.

I’ve personally know Darryl for over 25 years – going back to when ISPI was NSPI – and we’ve done work together professionally. I did a Curriculum Architecture Design effort for one of my clients that was also one of his clients – and his firm did the micro analysis-design-development of the actual content with “our” client. That effort has received many write-ups – it was for a big west coast computer company in the area of “Order Fulfillment” and involved the consolidation of 11 sites into 3 with an almost-all new workforce – with new work processes – that had to be done quickly and smoothly so as to not disrupt the fulfilment of customer orders.

The evening Program was on: “ISD: Faster/Better/Easier”

Darryl Sink, Ph.D., is President of Darryl L. Sink & Associates, Inc. (DSA.) DSA has 29 years of experience designing great learning experiences. Darryl is also the author of six guides to instructional design and is the recipient of ISPI’s Professional Service Award. Darryl will present the practice of Instructional Systems Design (ISD) as it exists in the real world today and will share how it is being modified and used to produce training solutions that are faster, better and easier.

And the Workshop: “Instructional Design: Reinforcing Fundamentals and Providing Advanced Skills.”

Dr. Sink has created this workshop especially for those who want to gain fundamentals as well as advanced techniques in instructional design. You will leave with specific tools and techniques that you can use back on the job and you’ll receive a detailed participant guide with over 50 job aids and examples.

Without giving the entire thing away – and to encourage other ISPI, ASTD, SHRM, ASQ chapters to consider bringing Darryl in for their members – here is my overview/review of the all day workshop – which is a very short version of the public and private workshops the Darryl’s firm offers – where we covered:

  • Establishing and documenting the Business and Individual Learner’s needs to create Course Goals.
  • Next we covered various analysis methods – handling both overt and covert performance (behavioral and cognitive) – and a hierarchical task analysis.
  • Learning objectives – at two levels – driven from the earlier data – was covered, including what to show the developers and what to show the Learners.
  • Criterion Referenced Testing – and various testing types.
  • Learning Activities and Materials – where we discussed use of “Frames” such as Darryl and Thiagi have (Darryl recommended the Game Frames and other templates offered by Thiagi at The Thiagi group web site here.)
  • Developmental Testing where we learned of the research results and conclusions done by Harold Stolovitch on the number of testers needed (and it “ain’t” 20!).

This was great “basic content” at the right level for many of our members and guests – who are what I read elsewhere as “accidental ISDers” – who don’t have a formal education in ISD. And it had great tips for more advanced instructional analysts and instructional designers as well.

Darryl has a friendly, easy going pace, takes questions and provides thoughtful answers. The program materials will provide a very useful set of job aids for newer ISDers – and more experienced ISDers who don’t have a structured approach to the rhyme or reason for how what content got in and what got left out.

Darryl was joined in his visit to ISPI Charlotte with business and life partner, wife Jane Sink. We all thank them both for helping our chapter provide development of evidence-based practices in ISD – the focus of our Chapter Program for the year 2010.

In 2011 we at ISPI Charlotte will segue into non-Instructional HPT – Human Performance Technology – to help our members gain insight into non-instructional interventions – all with a focus on improving performance as the ultimate criterion. After that I would imagine our program becoming more mixed – content-wise – but always evidence-based. No foo foo. Not ever.

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