Don’t get me wrong, I like “new school.” I enjoy technology in training: iPads in the classroom, mobile learning, virtual classroom, social media and the like. The impact of technology in training over the past few years has been dramatic! It is becoming a popular practice that when new training is required, organizations first think of e-learning as the default solution. I understand the appeal of all the benefits of e-learning, but let’s not forget what got us this far. New school is great, but let’s keep old school!
Langevin's Train-the-Trainer Blog
Topics: instructor-led training
In today’s learning climate, instructors are under pressure to deliver critical, need-to-know content in an interesting way and in a short period of time. We sometimes get so focused on this that we overlook the need to show learners we are also interested in them as individuals and not just delivering content and getting through the material.
Topics: instructional techniques
Instructors are often required to deliver a whole lot of content in a very short period of time. It doesn’t take much to get off track or to spend more time on a topic than is allotted in the lesson plan. A quick glance at your watch and you are way behind time.
Training managers, a heavy training schedule with several weeks of classroom instruction in a row can take a toll on an instructor. Combine this with travel and administrative duties and an instructor can be at risk of burning out.
Here are 10 “tell-tale” signs to watch for:
Since moving to our farm a few months ago we certainly have learned a great deal. We've discovered a lot of "what to do" as well as "what not to do" when it comes to growing grapevines. Since all of this is very new to us, we've had to rely on some seasoned farm experts. Our main resource is our vineyard manager – Roger. He has 30 years of experience in the farming industry as well as endless resources and contacts. Roger coaches us on how to prune, tie, sucker, and tuck the vines. However, when we are unable to perform a task around the farm, even with his help, he finds someone who can. He truly is a subject-matter expert and a valuable resource.
Topics: subject-matter expert
My wife and I recently gave up city living and bought a farm. Fourteen acres of grapes, a big farm house and a huge barn, all in a beautiful country setting. We knew it was going to be an adjustment in our life style, but we really had no idea how much. The grape vines need a bit of work after some years of harsh winter weather and unfriendly bugs. We had to make some decisions about some of our varieties; do we prune, tie, fertilize, and nurture these plants back to health or do we pull them up and replant?
Preparing for the virtual classroom (synchronous training) is critical for a virtual trainer. Failing to consider all that could happen could mean an unsuccessful session. Sure, there are the obvious things that need to be done, such as checking that your computer is plugged in, the internet connection is wired and reliable, and you have thorough knowledge of your virtual platform and content.
I’ve seen a lot of changes in the training industry over the last 20 years, from the days of the overhead projector and acetate slides to smart boards, iPads, and e-learning. We were just starting to get our heads around rapid e-learning and along comes social media for trainers.
When participants first arrive at a course, they have doubts, concerns, and fears. Many don’t know what to expect or even why they are there. It is critical that instructors work hard to build climate and rapport to help participants feel connected and as comfortable as possible, as soon as possible.
When running a facilitated session we would like to think that common sense and good manners would prevail. This is not always the case. Sometimes in facilitated sessions, particularly those sessions dealing with contentious issues, participants can let their emotions get the better of them. In these situations it is a good practice to develop ground rules.