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The Fourth Edition of a Classic Resource

"Instructional designers are often the standard-bearers of the calculated efforts to improve human performance. They continue to work under the guise of many job titles. They are sometimes called performance technologists, performance consultants, trainers, training and development specialists, workplace learning and performance professionals, learning and performance professionals, instructional developers, staff development specialists, performance consultants, or instructional designers. Whatever their titles, they share a common goal of improving human performance. Perhaps training remains as the best-known performance improvement strategy, although many people are experimenting with approaches that integrate employee development with work processes so that people learn as they work (and work as they learn) in real time. Management solutions that do not include training range from the preparation and use of job aids, the redesign of organizational structures and reporting relationships, the redesign of work, the refocusing of employee selection methods, the reengineering of work-related feedback methods, and the design and implementation of employee reward systems. There are literally thousands of ways to solve human performance problems, and the sheer choice of solutions is as daunting as discovering root causes."
—From the Preface

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Meet the Author

William J. Rothwell is professor of workplace learning and performance on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of more than 60 books in the learning and performance field, he is also a consultant and president of his own consulting company, Rothwell and Associates, Inc.

H. C. Kazanas is professor emeritus of education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has contributed several book chapters and monographs and has authored or coauthored eleven books relating to technical training in manufacturing and human resource development.

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.

Preface to the Fourth Edition.


About the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction.

About the Authors.

Pre-Test About Instructional Systems Design (ISD).


1. What Is Instructional Design?

2. Alternatives to Instructional Solutions: Five Frequent Options.

3. Determining Projects Appropriate for Instructional Design Solutions.


4. Conducting a Needs Assessment.

5. Assessing Relevant Learner Characteristics.

6. Analyzing Relevant Work Setting Characteristics.

7. Performing Work Analysis.


8. Writing Performance Objectives.

9. Developing Performance Measurements.

10. Sequencing Performance Objectives.


11. Specifying Instructional Strategies.

12. Selecting or Designing Instructional Materials.

13. Evaluating Instruction.


14. Designing the Instructional Management System.

15. Planning and Monitoring Instructional Design Projects.

16. Communicating Effectively.

17. Interacting with Others.

18. Promoting the Use of Instructional Design.

19. Developing Yourself.

20. Being an Effective Instructional Designer: Lessons Learned.

Appendix I: Online Instructional Design Resources.

Appendix II: What Is Knowledge Management (KM), and How Does KM Relate to Instructional Design?.

Appendix III: Learning Theory and Instructional Design.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

Contents of the Website.

Pfeiffer Publications Guide.

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