The Training Oasis Inc. - Instructional Design Services

Instructional Designers

Specializing in Instructional Design for Experiential Learning, Accelerated Learning & E-Learning





  • We are a Toronto (Canada) based consulting firm specialzing instructional design for accelerated learning, experiential learning, and e-learning.
  • ALL inquiries are handled from Toronto.



Why Instructional Design is Missing the Mark

For well over a decade ago, to reduce the amount of time employees are away from the job, many companies have scrapped classroom training put almost all of their eggs int0 the e-learning basket.

This strategy is flawed for a number of reasons. While it has a chance of working for technical training, computers can't teach people interpersonal and soft skills.

Often, IT firms and professionals are prime in the e-learning development process. Instructional design and adult learning principles are not their areas of expertise. To save money, many organizations have outsourced e-learning design to low cost foreign suppliers. This has resulted in tedious "page turners" that miss the mark in terms of producing desired learning outcomes.


The Bottom Line About Instructional Design

At the Training Oasis, Inc., we specialize in accelerated learning to help rapidly changing companies generate measurable, bottom line results. Since 1996 we have offered a range of range of experiential learning, accelerated learning, and management development programmes.

The programmes we design will:

  • Reduce the amount of time that employees are away from their jobs in training so that they can be more productive
  • Streamline your programmes and double their effectiveness
  • Help employees "hit the ground running" by focusing on results and relevant skills rather than theory
  • Help participants grasp technical and complex material more easily
  • Increase retention by creating vivid and memorable learning experiences


Who We've Helped

Our clients have included Ingram Micro, Telus Mobility, Bell Mobility, IBM, Aviva Insurance, Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados), National Bank of Dominica, OCBC Bank (Malaysia), Permodalan Nasional Berhad (Malaysia), and Penang Port (Malaysia).

During 18 tours of Asia, we have delivered accelerated learning programmes to over 2000 executives, managers, and professionals in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

View our Partial Client List

We offer experiential learning, accelerated learning, train the trainer,
instructional design, and coaching services to companies all over the world.



Anne was given short notice with respect to her role, yet responded enthusiastically and quickly to understand the needs and plan the required sessions. Anne designed and prepared the materials for technical training (cellular, paging, etc.). The materials Anne presented were well received and used to convey the vision and goals of Bell Mobility. She also conducted "train-the-trainer" sessions for managers in Western Region presenting to front-line employees prior to the launch. In this role, Anne worked independently and flexibly to accommodate the needs of various departments and regions of Bell Mobility. Her participation contributed to making the Bell Mobility Launch a success.

Jerry Bokser, Managing Partner, WPI Events

We hired The Training Oasis, Inc. to design a course on Instructional Design....Anne is a very knowledgeable and creative instructional designer. She knows how to address the participants' needs and make technical training more interesting. I have no hesitation in recommending Anne for any future project.

Dunia Wojtarowicz, CGU Group Canada Ltd. (Toronto)

Anne Thornley-Brown of The Training Oasis, Inc. assisted our Educational Services Department with a facelift to the orientation programme. Her contribution was creative, structured and theme oriented. We were very pleased with Anne's suggestions to refresh the programme. Her personality was light and energetic. The presentation material was organized and easy to understand.

Joanne Weisbrod, Former Director, Education Services, William Osler Health Center








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Cost Effective Instructional Design Options

Our instructional design services are available for a range of instructional design projects including but not limited to:

  • design and development of workbooks, slide shows, and facilitator's manuals for workshops & courses
  • design and testing (alpha and beta) games, simulations and exercises
  • revision and updating of existing programmes
  • e-learning initiatives
  • conversion of classroom training to e-learning
  • conversion of traditional training to experiential learning and/or accelerated learning
  • development of content for internet and intranet sites
  • technical writing projects


We will definitely not be the lowest cost supplier as we offer professional instructional design services. You will work with experienced intructional designers, not interns or a foreign, low wage outsourcing company.

To help you stretch your budget, we offer a number of options. Our desingers are available on a freelance, project, or long term contract basis.



Special Rates For Long Term Contracts

We offer special rate packages for start ups and long term consulting arrangements.
Please contact us to discuss your instructional design requirements.



We can:

  • undertake an entire design and development project
  • design programmes and train your trainers to deliver them
  • develop a detailed design blueprint for your internal developers to use to create the training material
  • review offer specific suggestions for enhancing your classroom training or e-learning (through our training tune-up)
  • provide telephone or internet consultation to help you find solutions to specific design challenges




What Sets Our Instructional Design Apart:
Accelerated Learning

Before we design or customize any material, we assess the learning styles and preferences of participants through participant profiles, focus groups or learning styles inventories. Rather than using a cookie cutter approach, we cater to diverse learning styles by building choices and options right into the design.

Unlike traditional training design in which employees are passive recipients of information through boring lectures, the instructional designers at The Training Oasis, Inc. actively engage participants through:


  • simulations
  • real world case studies
  • themes
  • props
  • peer coaching
  • games
  • games shows
  • team exercises
  • improvisation exercises
  • practice, practice, practice




The result? Improved effectiveness.

Our instructional designers don't approach training as an isolated event. Instead, to ensure the training is applied to the work environment and integrated, we facilitate transfer of learning through:

  • senior management briefings
  • team leader coaching clinics
  • coaching guides for team leaders
  • pre-course packages
  • job-related course projects
  • post course follow-up
  • post course evaluation






Custom Instructional Design Services

Our instructional designers will help you thoroughly assess your requirements through:

  • review of documentation
  • interviews with subject matter experts
  • senior management project meetings

We'll offer candid feedback to help you make informed decisions. We'll formulate a design blueprint for your approval complete with content outline and templates for:

  • slide shows
  • participant workbooks
  • facilitator's manuals
  • coaching guides

To ensure quality, 3 full sets of revisions are included when you book our full custom design services.

We can develop the full programme for you. We'll design a prototype facilitator kit. We can assemble it for you or provide you with a list of kit contents. We can either deliver the programme or train your trainers to deliver it.

If your budget is very limited, we can coach your subject matter experts or internal designers to develop the programme.



Design Blueprint

Just like an architect, we create a Design Blueprint as part of our process for designing training and development programmes. It is intended to give you an accurate preview of the content, look, and feel for your programme and all training and development material. It includes:

  • a suggested theme
  • a detailed agenda outlining content and instructional methods
  • templates for participant material, the slide show, facilitator's manual, and coaching guides

If you are facing budget constraints, we can take the project just as far as the Design Blueprint and your employees can develop the training material with the design that we have created. We will review the final product and provide feedback so that your team can add the final touches.



Training Tune up (for New Clients Only)

  • Have a training or e-learning programme that's just not working?
  • Working within a very limited budget?

Our Training Tune up is the perfect alternative for you!

One of our instructional designers will sit in on your course as a participant/observer and produce a detailed report suggesting themes, sizzling session starters, props, peripherals, exercises, approaches to delivery, practice and review, energizers, finishing touches, and even menu items for lunch and breaks. We'll give you a detailed agendawith specific suggestions to help your internal instructional designers or subject matter experts get a jumpstart on the instructional design process.