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Now all your hard worker of creation finally gets to see some execution! If you love executing, these last three steps might have felt like arduous. But now you will get to see all your hard work come to life by implementing your instructional design. 

Your first step is to identify your instructors. Depending on who your client is, your instructors might already be decided for your or you might have identify who would be a good fit to present the material. Your instructor should be a good fit of knowing your audience, having experience with the material (academically or first hand), and should be able to enjoy and engage a classroom. Finding the right personality and experience can be difficult sometimes. The most important thing is that your instructor is willing and interested in the material. ATD says that the success of a train the trainer program is selecting the correct person. 

You'll then need to train your trainer or TTT in Learning & Development jargon. The training of your trainer allows members of your team to be prepared to facilitate new content and processes. In an always changing world, it is important to a model of to train your instructor on new material without having to always bring in a subject matter expert on each topic. This can save money on external training and can also create a team that is well versed on lots of topics. You will also have an internal team of trainers that deeply understands the needs of their team. ATD's model for training trainers includes: purpose & assessment, planning & preparation, presentation & facilitation, and performance & evaluation. 

Having well prepared trainers sets your training up to succeed. But your trainers are nothing without your learners! That's why your next step in implementing your instructional design is preparing your learners. You will need to make sure that your learners not only have knowledge to be able to comprehend your training with prerequisites and learning capacities but also that they are set up to participate in whatever format you have chosen for your course. This means making sure they have access to strong Wi-Fi, computers, log ins to platforms, pencils, paper, workbooks, Zoom links, whatever it may be! 

Along with preparing your learners, you will need to prepare your learning space. This means everything from setting up chairs to formatting your online course work, pre setting Zoom break out rooms, making paper copies of worksheet, making sure the AC and lighting in the room works for your group. For as much as is in your control, make sure your space is set up to enhance and not inhibit learning. Getting everything ready so you can focus on the learner and the learning. 

You are now ready to conduct the course. You may or may not be present for the implementation of the course. If you are not present, it is important to ask make sure your instructor is aware of the set up responsibilities and aware of the feedback and assessments you will be performing on the learner and the instructor. 

Association for Talent Development. (2024). What Is Train the Trainer? Association for Talent Development.


The ADDIE Implment Phase." YouTube, uploaded by J. Clark Gardner, 25 Sept 2011,

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