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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!”