It gets tough when I have to start from scratch. Creating a tool or instrument I haven't before is a long, careful process.
This is where I have to roll up my sleeves and get busy. I'm always thinking...Wouldn't it be great if I could look to my book shelf and find an example of needs analysis questions or e-learning storyboards? And wouldn't it be even better if I could then have an electronic version of the tool so I wouldn't have to re-type the entire thing again?
Well, my colleague and fellow writer Jane Bozarth has done just that...she has created a valuable resource containing all kinds of examples of tools used in the instructional design process. The book is titled "From Analysis to Evaluation."
Jane goes through the ADDIE model and provides practical tools and examples for every step from analysis tools to evaluation tools and everything else in between. And the templates and tools are on a CD-ROM (how quaint) that comes with the book so you can take those samples in MS Word and get to work modifying and changing them.
These are sample audience surveys, data gathering worksheets, checklists, tips on getting management buy-in, templates for conducting risk assessments and cost analysis and other really valuable materials. It is a great book of samples and examples that any designer, seasoned or wet-behind-the-ears would love to have. It is a toolbox of instructional design tools ready to open so you can begin building effective learning events. A great concept.
I contributed a few tools to the work as did many, many other people. These multiple contributions give you a wide range and perspective on the various tools. A great supplement to any ID text book.
But alas in reading the introduction to the book...one of the laments of Jane was that she didn't get many ROI tools submitted to the book, so here is a contribution which for some strange reason, I didn't send Jane this material for the current edition but will send for the next. In the meantime, you can read How to Conduct a Performance-Based ROI.
So a great book and I suggested anyone designing instruction to pick it up. You'll find it very helpful.
As a side note, I had so much fun on my Blog Book Tour that I'm trying to talk Jane into a Blog Book tour. So if anyone is interested in joining the tour, let me know and I'll pass the word to Jane.