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See how the Kite instruc­tional design method works in real life!


Case Studies Using the Kite Instructional Design Method

See how the Kite instruc­tional design method works in real life!

“Hav­ing our cur­ricu­lum on paper means that we main­tain con­trol over it. It pro­vides con­sis­tency in our train­ing pro­gram, no mat­ter who the instruc­tor is.”
– Bar­bara Court­ney, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Artist Trust

Artist Trust (AT) is a medium-sized non-profit that deliv­ers infor­ma­tion ser­vices to artists through­out Wash­ing­ton State. AT selected Guila Muir’s KITE process to develop 44 hours of busi­ness skills train­ing for approx­i­mately 250 artists over a five-year period. The cri­te­ria for the train­ing, to be devel­oped by four con­tracted art pro­fes­sion­als with no back­ground in train­ing, included:

  • The final cur­ricu­lum had to be con­sis­tent so that each cohort received the same infor­ma­tion over a five-year period;
  • The train­ing ses­sions had to be inter­ac­tive and participatory;
  • The final cur­ricu­lum had to be writ­ten so that any sub­ject mat­ter expert could eas­ily deliver the training.

Guila helped AT staff deter­mine the con­tent and flow of the cur­ricu­lum. She then pro­vided the 2-day Train­ing Design class to the 4 sub­ject mat­ter experts. At the end of these two days, the par­tic­i­pants had devel­oped a draft of their first train­ing session.

Guila pro­vided the devel­op­ers with 30 hours of input and con­sul­ta­tion over the next 6 weeks. By the end, they had final­ized a total of 18 mod­ules, vary­ing in length from 1.5 — 6 hours long. (Note: all the devel­op­ers were employed full-time in other pur­suits. Work­ing with KITE was not their only task.)

In less than 6 weeks, the SMEs developed:

  • 18 dif­fer­ent Instruc­tor Guides–one per train­ing mod­ule. (The Instruc­tor Guides pro­vide the trainer’s “script,” includ­ing con­tent and clear instruc­tions that describe how to con­duct exer­cises and activities.)
  • Par­tic­i­pant work­sheets, hand­outs, and other sup­ple­men­tal learn­ing materials.
  • All nec­es­sary visual aids.


Because the experts them­selves wrote the cur­ricu­lum, Artist Trust paid less than one-quarter what they would have if an out­sider had done so, even at below-market con­sult­ing rates. Devel­op­ment time was cut by a third.


“Hav­ing replic­a­ble train­ing ses­sions on paper makes it eas­ier to eval­u­ate our pro­gram.”
–Bar­bara Court­ney, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Artist Trust

Although Artist Trust peri­od­i­cally brings in new instruc­tors, the train­ing remains con­sis­tent, facil­i­tat­ing pro­gram eval­u­a­tion. Artist Trust is now con­sid­er­ing mar­ket­ing all 18 mod­ules nationally.

More KITE suc­cess stories!

Do the fol­low­ing sound like “dry” sub­jects to you?

  • Con­tract Monitoring
  • Audit­ing
  • Con­tract law
  • Con­tract Management
  • The Com­pet­i­tive Process
  • Essen­tial and Advanced Con­tract Drafting

Wash­ing­ton State’s Depart­ment of Social and Health Service’s Cen­tral Con­tract­ing Ser­vices (CCS) deter­mined a need to develop train­ing ses­sions on these top­ics that would keep peo­ple awake! The ses­sions would be pre­sented statewide by a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sub­ject mat­ter experts.

In less than 3 months, using the KITE process, six Con­tract­ing Spe­cial­ists with lit­tle or no train­ing back­ground devel­oped 8 writ­ten cur­ric­ula. The ses­sions are inter­ac­tive and lively, and par­tic­i­pants have writ­ten on their eval­u­a­tions com­ments such as “I learned a TON. I never thought con­tract mon­i­tor­ing could be so fun!”



1 Comment

  1. Elmer Cruz says:

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