I am putting down in my blog what I learnt in my 10 years as a trainer. I have delivered courses in classroom, created web based courses, coached via face to face, email and other means. Now I believe I have acquired new ideas and skills that will enhance the way I deliver training programs. But what I put down here is not something that is perfect and I know if I put it down here and there are people who can comment, I will learn more. So here goes, part one- Instruction Design 101 by Chris Chew.
To develop a learning course requires a process which I m sure almost all trainers would follow the diagram above.
Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
This part is where the trainer finds out what are the learning gaps of the learners, what needs to be trained. There are various ways to do this-
- discussion with line managers, supervisors, or even the senior leadership team
- new product/ services or even new processes implemented
- development plans of an employee
- competency assessment, and more
Design and Developing Stage
After conducting the TNA, it is time to go to the blueprints of the developing and designing the course. To start off, we need to create course objectives which are what the learners will learn at the end of the course. Generally I like to use the phrase "By the end of the course, you will be able to...", the other rule I always adhere to is that the objectives is an action e.g. illustrate, design, etc. This is because I believe that if the person can demonstrate what he has learnt then that becomes actual proof that learning has take place. This does not mean the learner will adopt new learning back in the workplace however. I will discuss this more in detail in the future.
Most people would think that the best delivery is via classroom- however, given factors like time (most people cannot come out for long training sessions), personal learning methodology, etc classroom would not be effective enough. Today, we have so much opportunities in technology to deliver training. What I believe classroom is really effective if the session was conducted in a workshop format- there is where classroom training or face to face instructor has it's most benefits. Consider options like a simple pdf file for people to read about the topic or short audio files. Theories and presentation are effective if delivered by a trainer who can present very well but sometimes a movie or a multimedia type presentation would do the job better and more effectively. Five years ago, people would have difficulty looking for all these multimedia but with YouTube, Google, Flickr, Blogs, Slideshare, etc looking for these content is not impossible anymore and the internet has so much to offer. More coming your way.
There are many ways to evaluate your training. There is a slide that I found and put in my blog about Measuring ROI in Training by exploreHR has some interesting insights and I do encourage you to take a look at it. This is also relatively new to me but I am going to learn and then share with you whatever I know.
Next: Analysing Training Needs Analysis Process