Training and Development

 
I have almost 20 years experience in learning and development and, through experience, have learned best practices and the value of application and performance-based learning solutions. I have served as a facilitator, instructional designer, instructional design manager and project manager in the learning arena. For more than eight years I have researched, designed, developed and facilitated virtual classroom learning solutions. I have  trained both instructional designers and facilitators in multiple countries in both design and delivery of effective training in the virtual classroom. With design and delivery experience in traditional classroom training, virtual classroom training, web-based training and blended solutions, I have experience across delivery method and subject matter as well as in performing learning needs analyses and measurement and evaluation techniques for learning solutions.
 
 

Training and Development: How to Design Effective Training for the Virtual Classroom

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In today’s global work environment where an increasing number of people work remotely or from home, the need for live virtual  (synchronous) training solutions is growing. This handbook provides easy to read, bulleted lists and checklists of tips and best practices for designing for the live virtual classroom.

 
You will learn:

The similarities and differences between the traditional and virtual classroom environments.
 
The basics of good instructional design practices and adult learning principles.
 
Tips and best practices for designing engaging and effective training for the virtual classroom environment.
 
Tips and best practices for developing useful and high impact learning materials for virtual classroom learning solutions. 

This book is full of practical tips, best practice and guidance on how to design engaging and meaningful live virtual training events based on the author’s research and practical experience designing, facilitating and coaching/mentoring learning professionals in design and facilitation of live online learning.
 
The book is aimed at instructional designers, trainers and everyone who will be creating live online/virtual learning events but is also applicable to managers and others who wish to explore the live online learning environment.
 
 


 

Training and Development: Training Needs Analysis Questions 


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The first step in designing any effective learning program is completion of a learning or training needs analysis/assessment (TNA). A training needs analysis is a process of gathering data and identifying performance requirements to determine the gap between required performance and existing performance so that training can be developed to address the gaps in organizational and/or individual performance.
 
This handbook provides an overview of the TNA process and a list of assessment questions in the following categories:

 
Business environment
Project
Performance and metrics
Audience
Content
Delivery
Budget and timelines
Communication
Risk
 
Only by asking questions, can we learn the best way to solve the problems we are tasked with addressing. This handbook and it’s pool of assessment questions will get you started in finding the right questions to solve your assigned problems and performance issues.
 
 



Training and Development: How to Facilitate Effective Training in the Virtual Classroom

 
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In today’s global work environment where an increasing number of people work remotely or from home, the need for live virtual  (synchronous) training solutions is growing. Effective facilitation of virtual training sessions is critical to the success of the training resulting in improved skills and performance. This handbook provides easy to read, bulleted lists and checklists of tips and best practices for effective facilitation in the live virtual classroom.
 
You will learn:
  • The role of the online facilitator, including challenges and lessons learned.
  • Tips and best practices for increasing participation in the live virtual classroom.
  • Online facilitation tips, best practices and checklists.
 
This book is full of practical tips, best practice and guidance on how to effectively facilitate live virtual training events based on the author’s research and practical experience designing, facilitating and coaching/mentoring learning professionals in design and facilitation of live online learning.
The book is aimed at online facilitators, trainers and everyone who will be training or facilitating live online/virtual learning events but is also applicable to managers and others who wish to explore the live online learning environment.


 
 

Training and Development Articles

 
 

A Checklist for Introducing Blended Learning Into an Organization

The face of blended learning has changed! Downsizing and budget cuts result in more creative ways to train staff. Here are six quick tips on how to effectively introduce blended learning into your organization.

Often instructional designers are handed assignments and told exactly what training to create. You know an LNA is a critical part of the design process, but how do you complete one when you're told it's not needed? Here are some tips.

Is Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) an Appropriate Training Option?

Virtual training is becoming more popular and more necessary in an increasingly global and remote workforce. How do you know when live virtual training is appropriate for your topic and audience? Here are some initial questions to help you decide.

Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) Design Basics

New to designing for the virtual classroom? Here are some design basics to consider as you start out in this new, exciting and increasingly used learning format.
 
 

 

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