A key impact of globalization is that organizations are now managing a truly global workforce, and learning professionals are increasingly being asked to design for and train global audiences. Learning professionals are discovering that training designs created for U.S. participants often do not translate well overseas. The ability to leverage cultural differences in value orientations, relational styles, behavioral norms, communication patterns, and leadership preferences can result in new or increased organizational capabilities. However, accounting for these differences among learners presents a significant challenge for instructional designers.

Participants in this will explore a new framework for designing training programs for specific non-U.S. audiences. You’ll use this framework to identify key considerations that inform the design process, including examples from training in China, and apply the framework by generating implications and examples for a hypothetical training program for a non-U.S. audience. You’ll have the opportunity to generate significant insights into global instructional design and to learn from the speakers' on-the-ground experiences designing for and training global audiences.

In this session, you will learn


  • About a new framework for designing training for global audience
  • How to use key design considerations for specific groups, including learners in China
  • How to apply the framework to real-world global training design challenges in your organization