The Learning Design Tool
is for instructional designers


Our assumption is that you know instructional design. These tutorials will teach you how to use the Learning Design Tool to increase your productivity as you do your instructional design work. 

Work through these tutorials in the order provided.

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Important to Know Before You Start

We strongly encourage you to take the time to view this tutorial. 

The Learning Design Tool automation is designed to work in a sequential order. It is important to work logically through your Design Document to leverage the power of this tool.

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Information that will reduce your learning curve
  2. Tips to help you avoid common user errors. 


How to Access the Learning Design Tool

The Learning Design Tool tab and ribbon only appear along the top of your screen in Word while you are using the tool. When you close your Learning Design document your Learning Design tab and ribbon will disappear.

This tutorial guides you through:

The four ways to access your Learning Design Tool


How to Create a New Design Document
& Import Analysis Data

You will use the Learning Design Tool ribbon to start your new Learning Design Document and to work in the document. 

The Learning Design Tool automates the import of Analysis data and biographical information about your Subject Matter Experts (SME) and your Instructional Designers (ISD) from existing Word documents.  

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Setting up a new Design Document
  2. Importing Analysis Data. 


Working with the Instructional Analysis section
& Adding Learning Objectives

The Instructional Analysis section includes placeholders for the Course Entry Knowledge and Experience requirements, the Course Goal, and the Learning Objectives, which are the heart and soul of this document.

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Adding the Course Entry Knowledge and Experience requirements
  2. Adding the Course Goal
  3. Using the Learning Hierarchy function to add the Learning Objectives.


Working with the Instructional Strategies section & Adding Learner Achievement Activities

The Instructional Strategies section includes placeholders for a description of how the course content is to be delivered and why this method(s) was selected; the the motivational framework for learner participation, achievement and evaluation from an Adult Learning perspective; the the activities that will be used to assess the learner’s attainment of the objectives; and a description of the strategies that will be used to evaluate the success of the course.

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Adding the Delivery Format information
  2. Adding the Adult Learning Strategies
  3. Using the Learner Achievement function to add the Learner Achievement activity types
  4. Adding the Evaluation Plan


Working with the Course Structure & Sequencing

This part of your Design Document begins with an outline of the organization of your course, including modules, lessons and placeholders for a high-level overview of the instructional activities within the lessons. The outline is drawn for you by the Learning Design Tool, based on your terminal and enabling learning objectives, and their associated learner achievement activities. You add details to the initial outline by adding content into the placeholders provided.

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Using the Course Structure function to build your initiall coure outline
  2. Updating the Module and Lesson names
  3. Adjusting the order in which the learning objectives are addressed
  4. Adding details about each module and lesson
  5. Using the Instructional Activities function to add instructional activity types and brief descriptions


Customizing the Learning Domain,
Taxonomy & Audit Trail

The Learning Domain in use determines all of the available learning objective attributes, including Learning Level, Type, and action verbs. 

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Selecting the Learning Domains available for use
  2. Setting a Default Domain
  3. Selecting a Taxonomy of Knowledge
  4. Enabling the Course ID reference audit trail feature.


Customizing the Learner Achievement Activities

The Learner Achievement Activity Titles, Activity Descriptions, and Feedback Descriptions can all be customized. Once added to the customize form, they will auto-populate your Learner Achievement tables for increased productivity and to ensure consistency. 

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Selecting the Learner Achievement Activity lists
  2. Customizing the Learner Achievement Activity
    1. Titles
    2. Activity Descriptions
    3. Feedback Descriptions


Customizing the Instructional Content Block Types

When you are in the final phase of building out your course outline you have the opportunity to use the Instructional Content Block drop down menu to add instructional activity types into the lessons. 

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Customizing the Content Block names
  2. Adding more Content Blocks
  3. Associating the LDT Content Blocks with the LeaderGuide Pro Content Block Icons


Customizing the Cover Page

When you start a new Design Plan you have the option of choosing a cover page. The Learning Design Tool includes a Default Cover page to get you started. To create your own unique cover pages, the Create Custom Cover Pages function allows to copy the Default Cover page and modify it. You can also add cover pages you have created on your own. 

This tutorial guides you through:

  1. Creating a copy of the default cover page
  2. Renaming the copied cover page
  3. Modifying your new cover page
  4. Removing cover pages
  5. Adding independently created cover pages


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