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IDLS-PT1 Cost...

Materials Cost
Per Person

$800 per Person

to Order Your
IDLS Materials

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The IDLS Materials include these Workbooks and Learner's Guides:

  • Task Analysis
  • Performance Measures
  • Developing Interactive Materials
  • Validation
  • Simulations

The Materials Fee also includes:

  • TaskOutliner
  • StyleDoc
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IDLS Workshop?

Schedule an On-Site
IDLS-PT1 Workshop:
$2,000 per Participant

New OR

Take ESF's NEW
e-IDLS Workshop

or Group Instruction:
$2,500 per Participant

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The IDLS Workshop includes the
following Workbooks
and Learner's Guides:
  • Task Analysis
  • Performance Measures
  • Developing Interactive Materials
  • Validation
  • Simulations
The Workshop Fee
also includes:
  • TaskOutliner
  • StyleDoc
to Schedule an
IDLS-PT1 Workshop

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Conduct IDLS...

Become Certified
to Conduct ESF's
IDLS Workshop

Instructor Materials,
available to certified,
licensed Instructors,
include the following:
  • Instructor's Guide
    with Notes
  • PowerPoint Presentations
    for each of the
    5 Modules listed above.
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Learn How to
Become a Certified
ESF ProTrainer

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IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Materials...


ESF developed the Instructional Development Learning System Workshop and Materials in 1970. The very first workshop ESF conducted was held in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. for executives and trainers from EXXON who wanted to redo their Refinery Training Program. EXXON's program, still in use in recent years, became known as Skills Training Improvement Program (STIP).

This workshop and its corresponding instructional materials quickly became known as IDLS. In the 1980's, when ESF developed other materials in the ProTrainer series, the first course became known as IDLS-ProTrainer 1. It is based on a systems approach to developing instructional or training materials.

Through the years, as the IDLS-ProTrainer 1 course grew in popularity, ESF added additional ProTrainer courses and now has a complete series of courses that complete ESF's Training Cycle of Plan-Run-Evaluate in ESF's Total Training Process:

IDLS: Forty-Year History...

During the past decades, IDLS-ProTrainer 1 has been revised every few years to incorporate all the shortcuts and insights gained from conducting the workshop thousands of times. What was initially a two-week program is now reduced to a three- to five-day workshop. ESF has also listened to its clients' needs and has integrated many of their excellent suggestions into the training materials.

IDLS-ProTrainer 1 has been used by ESF's Fortune 500 clients all over the world since 1970.

What You Will Learn...

Total Training SystemThe IDLS workshop is one of the steps in ESF's process of becoming a professional trainer, hence the name "ProTrainer" which is derived from ESF's Total Training System (ESF's ISD Model).

The IDLS Materials on how to design, develop, and validate instructional materials, provides an organized, structured, systems approach to developing competency-based interactive instructional courses. The term "competency-based" means simply that the training relates directly to what the trainee or employee will DO or PERFORM on the job.

Specifically, using ESF's IDLS Materials, you will be able to:

  • Analyze all the tasks required to PERFORM a specific job in a performance sequence
  • Use a practitioner's approach to measuring knowledge skills (how much learners know) and physical skills (whether learners can perform designated tasks)
  • Provide your learners:
    • with the most amount of information,
    • in the least amount of time,
    • with the greatest amount of efficiency,
    • for the least amount of money.
  • Guarantee that:
    • 100% of your learners will achieve 90% or better on the Post Inventory and
    • 100% of your learners will achieve 100% on the Performance Checklist.

What You Will Do...

Using the IDLS Materials, either on an individualized basis or during an ESF's competency-based IDLS Workshop, you will learn a process that will enable you to perform tasks related to each step of the IDLS Process. Using documentation, while working alone or in an IDLS Workshop, you will complete the following steps:

Step 1: Design a Customized Task Analysis

Using ESF's user-friendly software, TaskOutliner, you will:

  • Develop a Job Task Analysis that identifies what the learner NEEDS to KNOW and PERFORM on the job.
  • Reduce your Development Time by using ESF's unique TaskOutliner software to keep track of all levels of tasks specifies for every job.

Step 2: Develop Criterion Tests and Performance Measures

Using the Job Task Analysis created in Step 1, in conjunction with ESF's StyleDoc Templates, you will develop Performance Measures including:

  • Inventory Questions (Pre Inventory, Progress Review, and Post Inventory) to measure Knowledge Skills needed to perform the job.
  • Performance Checklists: Produce PCs automatically from TaskOutliner. These Checklists test whether your learners can PERFORM the required job.

Step 3: Develop Interactive Instructional Materials

Using the Job Task Analysis created in Step 1 and the Performance Measures developed in Step 2, in conjunction with ESF's StyleDoc Templates, you will develop self-paced, self-instructional, competency-based, learner-oriented:

  • Knowledge-based Workbooks
  • Performance-based Learner's Guides with hands-on Skills Labs that use the Performance Checklist generated automatically from TaskOutliner

Step 4: Validate Your Interactive Instructional Materials

Using ESF's Item Analysis Process (an item-by-item quantitative analysis of your workbook), you will be able to determine:

  • Whether your materials actually produce the results you desire, i.e., that your Learners meet the criterion you have established (90% or better of the Knowledge Skills).
  • If they don't, you will know why immediately and, using the results from the Item Analysis, revise the materials accordingly.

    This final step in the IDLS Process is designed to:
    • Guarantee Learner success and
    • Ensure quality performance.

What You Will Receive...

ESF's proprietary instructional design IDLS Materials, which have been recently revised and streamlined, can be used as a stand-alone self-instructional course. The IDLS-ProTrainer 1 course materials include:

  • Four self-instructional Workbooks and five easy to follow Learner's Guides:
    • Task Analysis
    • Performance Measures
    • Developing Interactive Materials
    • Validation
    • Simulation (Learner's Guide)
  • TaskOutliner:
    • Use ESF's user-friendly software, TaskOutliner, to analyze all the jobs/tasks that you need to incorporate into your instructional materials.
  • StyleDoc:
    • Use StyleDoc, a fantastic series of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel Templates, to assist you in developing and formatting your custom-made Modules.

Use IDLS in One of ESF's Workshops...

ESF offers its IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Workshop in the format that best meets your specific needs:

  1. On-Site Workshops:

    An ESF-Certified Instructor will come to your site and conduct the IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Workshop over a 3-, 4-, or 5-day period. Although the Workshop can easily be completed in a 3-day period, some clients who may have larger projects that they want to complete during the actual Workshop may request a longer Workshop.

  2. E-Learning Workshops:

    An ESF-Certified Instructor will conduct the IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Workshop in a virtual classroom via "Live Meeting" or other virtual classroom used by your organization. The schedule can be flexible. Multiple participants can attend. Participants submit their projects via email or ftp upload for critique by ESF Instructors.

ESF's Mini-Workshops...

ESF offers two IDLS-related Mini Workshops that enhance the IDLS Process:

  1. How to Use ESF's TaskOutliner Software:

    This Workshop is geared for those who:
    • May have already taken the IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Workshop but never used the TaskOutliner Software
    • Want to get more in-depth knowledge on how to use TaskOutliner.

  2. How to Use ESF's StyleDoc Templates:

    This Workshop is geared for those who:
    • Want to get more in-depth knowledge how to use the user-friendly StyleDoc Templates in conjunction with ESF's IDLS-ProTrainer 1 Materials

Thanks ESF...

Just wanted to tell you, Peter, what a great pleasure it was taking IDLS-Pro-Trainer 1 from you. The week just flew by. It was great fun and I learned a lot. What more could I have asked for! Thanks a lot, and may God bless you and your family.

Your friend, John F. Pasnik, GM Powertrain, Middleport, NY