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Training Tools: 3 Ways to Measure Effective Training

Employee training is an essential part of any corporation. Expectedly, most spend quite a bit of time and money on training programs. Frequently all of that time and money goes to waste if you’re not keeping track of how active your employee training is. Ahead, we’ll take a look at three ways that you can measure the effectiveness of employee training so that you can better manage and get the most out of it. […]

Training Tools: Indispensable Classroom Training Tools

Posted on April 03, 2013 By Jake White

Great instructor-led training requires participant attention and engagement. Over the years, I have found three classroom training tools that I consider to be indispensable. Each of these tools significantly increases learner engagement. I. Audience Response Technology There are a number of good audience response tools out there. My preferred solution is TurningPoint response cards, by Turning Technologies. Response cards allow the instructor to measure learning throughout training session. Trainers can display questions, surveys, opinion polls and games that allow everyone in the audience to select a response via their wireless response card keypads and transmit and display the data immediately into the presentation slide. You can even have competitions, including team competitions with points. There are many advantages to using this tool: Participants are actively engaged in the training material, which increases knowledge retention. Trainers can conduct on-the-fly polls at any point during the training session; this can give feedback to the instructor about how well the learners are processing the course information. Trainers can run reports with the test/survey data—thus measuring learning with virtually no data entry outside of the training event. I like TurningPoint because your company can download the PowerPoint plug-in for multiple users without additional cost. So you are essentially just paying for the response cards that can be used by more than one trainer without extra costs. Response cards provide a fun and interactive way to engage learners while also giving trainers a tool to measure level 1 (response to the training) and level 2 (knowledge learned) training data (i.e., level 1 & 2 of the Kirkpatrick ROI model). II. Movie clips: I am a huge movie buff, so I love using movie clips as illustrations in instructor-led training sessions. One of the problems with using movies clips, however, is that you need to get permission to use the clips. Here are a few simple steps to effectively, and legally, use movie clips in your training sessions. Contact the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation 800-462-8855 MPLP.com; get a license for the movie (or an “umbrella license” for many movies). If you want to download a YouTube clip to show, you can use this YouTube downloader: savemedia.com To learn about ways you can use movies in training, take a look at Becky Pike Pluth  book on this topic: "101 Movie  Clips that Teach and Train."  See also Mark S. Carley's July 1999 article in Training & Development magazine, "Training Goes to the Movies." Use a video editing tool like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker to make the clip start/end where you want it, or to convert a clip into a wmv format so you can embed it in a PowerPoint slide. I recommend spending enough time to set up with clip with appropriate context, and also give learners something to look for in the clip. Leave yourself enough time to debrief after the clip. […]

Training Tools: Classroom Timer

One of the great training tools that I have used for several years is the timer created by VitalSmarts. This timer was developed for trainers to use in the classroom for group work and other activities. You can set it up to display on top of your PowerPoint slide (while in show mode). The timer will count down or count upward and can have an alarm sound of your choice. […]

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