You have inherited programs that no longer reflect the market and business goals of the organization. You do not have the time or resources to redesign the courses, yet your feedback from the audience is that the programs no longer feel "relevant."
Short term: Have some new case studies, simulations, or scripts developed that fit the current business situation. Incorporate these into the program. Scripts can be produced on audio or used as reading assignments and discussion tools in a class exercise.
Longer term: When creating a new course, design with an updating strategy in mind. Build your design around the stable material with "windows" for the changeable content.
If you are purchasing "off-the-shelf" training, ask the vendors for a quote on customization of the program to your business needs. Make sure your purchase agreement gives you this right.
Create a revision committee of content experts for your key programs and plan to revisit the programs every three to four years on a rotating basis.
Curriculum approach: Create a curriculum that addresses the interrelated needs of your audience(s) with revision cycles built into the development plan. Structure courses so that changeable material is in an easy-to-update format.
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