Tools, Tips + Techniques

  • Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 7: Workplace Reference Guide? Posted on: May 1, 2017
    Final Verdict In short, Telling Ain’t Training is a valuable reference guide for anyone who is in a training or informal education setting. If for nothing else, the authors do a fantastic job explaining why SMEs don’t always make the best teachers and providing guidance around how to get them where they need to be....
  • Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 6: Technology Integration Posted on: April 30, 2017
    Overview During this final post, I’ll cover the potential benefits of integrating technology in training. There are several considerations, most importantly the impact they can have on the efficacy of the training. Stolovitch and Keeps summarize these factors in saying, When it comes to training efficiency, the measure is fast and cheap. When it comes...
  • Telling Ain't Training - Pt 5: Training in a Collaborative Workplace Posted on: April 29, 2017
    I’m going to tell you a not-so-secret. Training adults is a game of social circles and politics. At one of my employers, training required a lot of buy in from different groups and participants generally wanted to fell like they were actively contributing to the event, rather than be on the receiving end of a...
  • Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 4: Confirming and Corrective Feedback Posted on: April 23, 2017
    A Familiar Scenario Imagine you spent an entire weekend writing a paper for your Instructional Design course. It’s a lot of work and you’re unfamiliar with the content. You dedicate a few hours to reviewing the syllabus, assignment description and resources and you feel pretty confident in your final result. When you get the grades...
  • Telling Ain’t Training – Pt 3: Training the Right Way Posted on: April 21, 2017
    Overview The first two posts in this series talk about what we generally encounter as trainers – what we might define as failures in ourselves or our learners. I also cover a few techniques you can quickly in implement for existing trainings or those instances when you need to supplement content. This chapter and post...
  • Telling Ain't Training - Pt 2: Blame Isn't the Solution Posted on: April 16, 2017
    You’re Really Good at That! (Or How You Become a Trainer) When I took my first position as a trainer over 10 years ago, I had no idea how complex it would be. In hindsight I can see how ill-prepared I was to create meaningful trainings. This isn’t to say they were terrible or ineffective, or...
  • Program Evaluation in Adult Learning Environments Posted on: February 27, 2017
    A Little About this Project Although this case study focused on my role and the product my company was selling, the key components of evaluation remain the same. As you read through this article, consider how you currently evaluate success in your role and in your company. How does it compare to what is discussed...
  • Telling Ain't Training - Pt I: Understanding Your Learner Posted on: February 5, 2017
    What’s Your Approach? When designing trainings, how often have you considered the learner? And in what capacity? Do you think about your delivery method? What about the classroom environment? A dozen things might go through your mind as you mark off the unconscious checklist but let’s take a moment to think a little different about...
  • Using Inter-team Collaborations to Promote Critical Thinking Skills Posted on: January 2, 2017
    This is part of a 3-part series focusing on applying adult learning theory in the workplace. To see the other articles, view A Brief Intro to Adult Learning Theory and Self Directed Learning as a Training Solution Current Problem Teams across 15 campuses are finding it increasingly difficult to track information and share it with the...
  • A Brief Intro to Adult Learning Theory Posted on: January 1, 2017
    There’s a lot of info about learning theory in the early years, but what about for adults? That’s the first question every adult educator should start with. Unlike K-12 education, there aren’t strict governing bodies that inform every decision made in adult education. Instead, our community depends on years of independent and industry research as...
  • Self Directed Learning as a Training Solution Posted on: January 1, 2017
    This is part of a 3-part series focusing on applying adult learning theory in the workplace. To see the other articles, view A Brief Intro to Adult Learning Theory and Using Inter-team Collaborations to Promote Critical Thinking Skills Current Problem Where I currently work, we are finding that our instructors need and crave more targeted professional...
  • Using Learning Contracts to Facilitate Success Posted on: January 14, 2016
    Learning contracts can be a great tool to clearly define course or training expectations for the instructor/trainer and the student/employee. Although an employer may hope that information provided in a training environment is clear and relevant, it’s necessary to take into account context. Your audience needs to know why they are learning this information and...
  • Finding the Ideal Solution: 3 Approaches to Problem Solving Posted on: January 10, 2016
    I may have mentioned taking a few courses through UniversalClass.com. So far, I’ve found the Problem Solving 101 course invaluable as it explores the topic in depth, including the identification and allocation of resources, objective and subjective input, and evaluation of outcomes. Moreover, introduces three main categories for to consider when faced with problems in...
  • Collaborative Learning in Adult Education Posted on: November 20, 2015
    Given as a project in my Processes and Methods course, this website was created to explain the what, why and how of collaborative learning. The most concise definition I’ve found comes from Cornell University for Teaching Excellence (quote below): Collaborative learning is based on the view that knowledge is a social construct. Collaborative activities are...
  • Utilizing Multiple Intelligences to Problem Solve in Business Posted on: November 20, 2015
    Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences suggests intelligence is not solely defined by IQ. Instead, human beings learn and excel in areas for which they have an aptitude. The seven intelligences described are visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic and logical-mathematical. In relation to problem solving, it is thought that assembling a team to include a...
  • Creating A Positive Learning Environment Posted on: November 19, 2015
    If you haven’t gotten a chance to, I highly recommend reading Ralph Brockett’s Teaching Adults: A Practical Guide for New Teachers. Assigned in my Processes and Methods course, it is wonderfully written and addresses many of the common concerns facing new teachers, or those who, after evaluating their current positions, find themselves in this unexpected...