Second Edition of Popular Instructional Design Book Now Available


(Alexandria, Virginia) The second edition of best-selling book, Training Design Basics Basics, by Saul Carliner is now available from the ATD Press.

Like the first edition, this new edition of Training Design Basics guides new course developers and instructors, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and others who find themselves responsible for doing so, through the process of designing and developing their first training programs. In addition to explaining how to design face-to-face classroom and workbook-based courses, this new edition also addresses the design of two types of online courses: live virtual classroom and self-study tutorials. After introducing readers to guiding concepts of adult learning and human performance improvement and providing an overview training design projects, Training Design Basics explains how to analyze a project, then design, develop, implement, and evaluate the program resulting from the analysis. This edition of the book maintains the practical approach that made the first edition so popular, with additional insights arising from years of use of the first edition by practicing professionals. For example, unlike other instructional design books that primarily focus on the analysis and evaluation phases, this book continues to emphasize the design and development phases, along with practical guidance to course designers on the implementation of their courses. Worksheets for each phase of the process help readers apply the concepts in the book in their own instructional design projects, as does a companion website with other resources and advice.

Author Saul Carliner is an internationally-known expert on training and communication. He is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Provost’s Fellow for Digital Learning at Concordia University in Montreal. Also an industry consultant, Carliner provides strategic planning and instructional design services to organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas to clients such as Alltel Wireless, IBM, Lowe’s, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, Turkish Management Centre, and several US and Canadian government agencies. His previous books include the award-winning Informal Learning Basics and e-Learning Handbook, and popular An Overview of Online Learning He has received the  Kenneth Rainey Award for Excellence in Research and Jay Gould Award for Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication, and the Alumni Teaching Award from his university.    He is a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication, a past research fellow of ATD, and a past board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

ATD Press is the publishing arm of the Association for Talent Development, the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ATD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 125 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

To order and receive more information about Training Design Bascis (second edition), visit The book is also available from,,, and

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