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Empowering Your Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

I can use the PICBA tool to find small actionable solutionsI can use the balanced decision making table to organize and streamline the decision processI can use motivational interviewing tools effectively to find authentic solutions with supportive communication techniques

Learning Targets

Problem: 43% of my LxD community on LinkedIn reported not feeling confident in their abilities to problem solve or make decisions through the design process.

From Box Checkers to Innovative Problem Solvers

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Documenting Decisions: Instructional designers make key decisions, such as target audience and instructional strategies.Working with Subject Matter Experts: Collaboration with experts helps prioritize information and ensure clear communication.Institutional Change Agents: Instructional designers drive change by providing input and facilitating implementation of new approaches.

Instructional Designers are alreadyinnate problem solvers and decision makers

Developed for people in behavioral health seeking to learn to make small changes in their life

Seeking Change

The following tools are dialectical behavior evidence-based behavioral health tools used to support changingbehavior

DBT Tools

When to use these tools?

When we can't answer the following questions:

  • Where are we going?
  • Where are we now?
  • How will we get there?

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Problem. Impact.Cost. Brainstorm.Action



How to use PICBA in Learning Experience Design


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Sample Use of PICBA

P-Problem: The current workflow doesn't allow for accessibility features to be created but there is an organizational requirement and DEI endeavor that all the courses are 508 compliantI-Impact: Team burnout and excessive errors C-Cost: The company their inclusive reputation and a future law suit since 30% of their employees have reported using assistive technology B-Brainstorm: Pick two accessibility features that are absolutely necessary or launch without one with accessbility continuous improvement plan when upgrading the course to submit to DEI with a plan to improve in future iterationsA-Action: Include captions and alt-text at course launch and then submit an accessibility continuous improvement plan with DEI Deparment

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Reflective listening


Open-Ended questions

Ask questions that encourage people to dig deeper

Affirm the diverse ideas and thinking

Motivational InterviewingTools

These are communication tools to use during the problem and decision-making process to ensure everyone is listening and communicating from a space of curiosity and respect..

Ask questions that ensure that show you are listening and responding to people's thoughts

Summarize people's thoughts to show that you heard their idea.

Systematically reviewing pros and cons of each decision making


The balanced decision making table

When to use these tools?

When we can't answer the following questions:

  • Where are we going?
  • Where are we now?
  • How will we get there?

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What or who will benefit when the change is made?
What will the cost befor changing?
Indentify the cost of notchanging?
What is the benefit of changing?

The Balanced Decision Making Table

What or who will benefit when the change is made?In 4-5 months, 30% profit gainwith more people using accessible product
What will the cost befor changing?Losing staff, $2000 in labor
Identify the cost of notchanging?Letting down DEI, lesspeople can use our product
What is the benefit of changing?More people will use our content

The Balanced Decision Making Table Sample

Your turn to practice

In your breakout rooms, you will have 10-15 minutes to practice using these tools to problem solve the following scenario:

As an experienced instructional designer, you face a dilemma: release an inaccessible e-learning course to meet a deadline or push the deadline back, prioritizing accessibility. The choice weighs your professional values against disappointing clients and impacting your company's reputation. It's a challenging decision, torn between accessibility and meeting deadlines.

Scenario-based learning Pt. 1


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