The Learning Design Tool is meant to be worked in logically, from start to finish.


While you do not need to complete your design document in one sitting, It is important to complete each section of your design document in the order presented before moving on to the next part of the document.


The reason for this is because the Learning Design Tool automation works in a sequential order.

  • First you add the Content Analysis data if desired. Technically this first automated function is optional.

  • Next, you add the Learning Objectives by using the automated Learning Hierarchy function.

  • Next, you add the Learner Achievement Activities, which are built based on the Learning Objectives. So, you must have Learning Objectives in your document before you can add Learner Achievement Activities.

  • Then, you use the Course Structure function to sequence your course content and generate your initial course outline. This automated function requires that your document contain Learning Objectives and Learner Achievement Activities.


The Learning Design Tool Automation

The Learning Design Tool (LDT) automation is designed to help you focus on the higher level cognitive work required to develop a sound instructional design.


These are the ISD work tasks the LDT automates:

  • the set up of a new design document that is consistently structured

  • the import of Content Analysis information from existing source documents

  • the import of SME and ISD bios from existing source documents

  • the creation of learning objectives consistent with Bloom's taxonomy

  • the addition of learner achievement activities mapped to the leaning objectives

  • the creation of a module and lesson course structure based on the learning objectives

  • the addition of instructional activities

  • the updating of all fields in the document, including the Table of Contents

  • the formatting of text, bulleted lists, numbered lists

  • the customizing of the following items, as well as the ability to share your customizations, import shared customizations, and restore the LDT default settings


Work Flow

Use these 5 buttons on the LDT ribbon in the order presented to leverage the automation.


Import Analysis Data

Based on the assumption that your Analysis phase of work is complete, this function opens source files and imports selected content into the Content Analysis Summary that is the starting point of your new design document. Includes the ability to import ISD and SME bios.


Learning Hierarchy

Assists you in writing properly formed terminal and enabling Learning Objectives that conform to Bloom's taxonomy by Domain, Learning Level and Learning Type.


Learner Achievement

For each learning objective, this function assists you in adding the type of achievement activity that will be used to assess the learner’s attainment of the learning objective, aligned with the learning level of the objective. Also provided is a placeholder to capture a brief description of how the learner feedback will be delivered.


Course Structure

Builds your initial Course Outline based on your learning objectives and learner achievement activities. Includes automation to: 

  1. Edit the module and lesson names

  2. Sequence the content in the order that provides the best learning environment

  3. Move the learner achievement activities into a separate final module

  4. Add instructional activity types with brief descriptions, for each objective


Course Outline

Extracts your detailed Course Outline for use as the basis of your facilitator guide.



Get to Know the base Learning Design Document

Every new Learning Design Document sets up the same way….


This slideshow displays each page of a new learning design document before any content has been added.

Create one of your own:

  1. Click the NEW button on the LDT ribbon

  2. Follow the prompts

  3. Look through your new document

  4. The Table of Contents provides an overview of the document structure and flow

  5. Read each subsequent page for details about the content you are expected to add.


Smart User Tip

Create a test document to experience the automation and practice using it.

The other Learning Design Tool tutorials will help you learn how to use all of the LDT functions.

Use the Learning Design Tool Ribbon to Guide Your Work Flow


Click New to start a new Learning Design document


Use the Import button to bring in important starting point content from a source file, including ISD and SME bios


Use the Learning Hierarchy button to add your learning objectives


After you have added all of your learning objectives, add the learner achievement activities using the Learner Achievement function


After you have added your learner achievement activities, generate a course outline by clicking the Course Structure button


Add instructional activities and the details necessary to build out your course outline


Use the Course Outline button to extract a copy of your course outline to  Word or PowerPoint or the IGST or to LeaderGuide Pro



Amplify your Productivity

Use your extracted course outline as the basis for your facilitator guide.

If you extract to LeaderGuide Pro a new facilitator guide will be set up for you.

All you need to do is use the LGPro Attach function to enable the LeaderGuide Pro ribbon and finish the development work.


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