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Learning Design Australia

Learning design is the practice of designing, developing and implementing learning experiences. It is an approach that considers how people learn, in order to create engaging, efficient and effective training programs that achieve specific learning outcomes.

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What is learning design?

Learning design encompasses a range of delivery methods, including:

Face-to-face training

Online learning


Accredited training

Blended learning

Programs can range from a series of 5-minute learning ‘bites’ to a 30-minute workshop (typically with pre- and post-work) or a four-year course.


Why is learning design important?

Effective learning design results in:

Deeper understanding

Improved performance

Learning transfer and embedding

Increased learner engagement and love of learning

Achievement of goals and objectives

Increased ROI

Reduced costs

Consistent learner experience and capability development across an organisation

Improved employee retention and employee value proposition

Continuous improvement of programs through regular evaluation

What is learning design?

Learning design process

There are a number of learning design models, including Merrill’s Principles of Instructional Design and the ADDIE Model.

The ADDIE Model follows a five-phase process:


Firstly, Learning Designers complete a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) to pinpoint capability gaps – knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours learners need to develop to proficiently complete tasks. They then propose potential learning solutions.


Secondly, Learning Designers create a learning architecture – a sequence of learning experiences and strategies to meet the learning need and build capability. This may include a variety of delivery methods, including face-to-face workshops, coaching, self-paced learning, simulations, group work and eLearning. They create a high level design to outline the learning experiences.


The third step is the development of learning materials. This includes the session plans, workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, job aids, eLearning, program evaluation tools and any other supporting material required for the program.


The program goes to pilot!


Lastly, feedback gathered via the evaluation tools is analysed to assess the program’s effectiveness and determine areas for improvement.


Learn more:

Select the links below to learn more.

What is Instructional Design?

What Do Instructional Designers Do?

Accredited Training 101

Online Learning eLearning

What you need to know before contracting an instructional designer

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Instructional Design Australia (IDA) provides services to support workplace learning and change. With team members in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth IDA will enable your people to engage, learn and perform.

Contact Details

Ph: 1300 528 736

Michael Peart
Ph: 0434 075 231

Bianca Schimizzi
Ph: 0416 013 623

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