Organizational training is an expensive endeavor, with over $50 billion invested by business and industry annually.

And $50 billion is a conservative estimate because it does not include the most expensive element of any training event—the salaries, time, and lost opportunity costs of the learners! To realize a return on this investment, training to improve organizational performance must use a structured process—commonly called the instructional design process—to identify best practices and the knowledge and skills that underpin those best practices. Implementing the instructional design process adds a lot of time to the production of training events. Common estimates range anywhere from forty to two hundred hours of design and development time for every one hour of instructional time

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