Instructional Design

First Principles of Instruction and
Interval Reinforcement

While modeling is key to on-the-job learning, effective training is also critical to safety program success -- but most safety training is not effective.

David Merrill has distilled five key instructional best practices from a variety of learning platforms, and determined that without any one (or more) of them training efforts are that much less effective.

The challenge is that incorporating the principles into training design and delivery can be, even for a professional trainer, difficult.

We have developed an approach that works for even the most inexperienced, enabling them to provide effective training while incorporating Merrill's principles in the process.

And the more they train using this format the better they get.

Merrill's First Principles of Instruction (synthesized)

Merrill's First Principles of Instruction (original version)

Applying Merrill's First Principles of Instruction

When he says "students" think "workers."

The animation is distracting but the content is good.

Learning and Forgetting -- Interval Reinforcement

Strategies to Provide Training That Sticks

A common complaint of business owners is that despite training, employees seem to forget or ignore the lessons -- and they fault the employees rather than the training and training follow-up.

MashupSafety includes strategies for making training stick -- improving employee retention and transfer of training.