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The Trainer's Workshop Series

It is a pleasure to welcome you to The Trainer's Workshop Series Brochure.

I have specialized in assisting instructors and instructional designers with their ongoing professional development since 1984. During those years, I have created a series of practical workshops which provide instructors and instructional designers with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required to design and deliver sound face-to-face training programs for adult learners.

Class size is kept small in all workshops in order to encourage participation and to allow for personalized assistance and instructor support. If preferable, the workshop content can also be covered in even smaller groups or on a one-to-one basis.

All workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Due to this tailoring, the workshops become more realistic and applicable. I teach all of the workshops in the series. In this way, I am able to more fully understand what would be most helpful for each participant.

The workshops are highly practical and at the same time provide instructors and instructional designers with a sound understanding of adult education principles.

One of the primary objectives of The Trainerís Workshop Series is to provide participants with a supportive and collegial learning environment. I very much look forward to working and learning with you.


Table of Contents

The Trainer's Workshop Series Overview

Workshop Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should attend?
  2. Can I take individual workshops?
  3. Can previous workshops count as pre-requisites and toward the Statement of Completion?
  4. Can these workshops be transferred to other programs?

The Trainer's Workshop Series Overview

The Trainer's Workshop Series

The following 7 workshops are included in this series:

Workshop Title Pre-requisite Length
Training Delivery Skills - Level 1 (Level 1) None 2 days
Training Delivery Skills - Level 2 (Level 2) Level 1 2 days
Designing Effective Training Programs (Design) Level 1 2 days
Ideas for Active Learning (Ideas) Level 1 2 days
Using Materials & Technology to Enhance Training (Materials) Level 1 2 days
Group Dynamics & Learning (Groups) Level 1 2 days
The Integration Seminar (Integration) Level 1, Design 1 day

After completing the 7 workshops, participants will be awarded a Statement of Completion.

Specialty Workshop

Please note that the following specialized workshop is also available:

Workshop Title Pre-requisite Length
One-to-One Training & Coaching Skills None 2 days

You are most welcome to take individual workshops. You do not need to take the series in its entirety.

Telephone Interviews

All participants will have a telephone interview with Reva prior to each workshop. In these interviews, participant's needs will be discussed, the workshop objectives will be covered and any questions will be addressed. The purpose of the telephone interviews is to ensure that the workshops will be as useful as possible for each participant.


Workshop Descriptions

Training Delivery Skills - Level 1

In this highly interactive 2-day workshop, participants will increase their understanding of how to help adults learn more effectively. Participants will also have two opportunities to practice instructional delivery in a supportive, coaching environment.

Throughout the 2 days, participants are encouraged to add to their knowledge base, ask questions, solve problems, try out new ideas, disagree, share experiences, practice skills, and give and receive feedback. Emphasis is on building a collegial atmosphere in which participants can both increase their understanding of how to help adults learn and practice instructional delivery.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop will be of assistance to both new trainers who want to learn effective instructional delivery skills as well as to more experienced trainers who wish to enhance existing skills.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. explain special considerations when working with adult learners;
  2. explain the importance of creating and maintaining positive learning environments;
  3. define instructional style and why it is important in the teaching-learning process;
  4. explain the characteristics of a motivating instructor;
  5. explain a variety of instructional techniques and identify possible applications to content areas;
  6. identify common instructional challenges and describe possible strategies for handling them.

Pre-requisite:
None

Workshop Length:
2 days


Training Delivery Skills - Level 2

This is a highly participatory 2-day workshop which focuses on advanced instructional delivery skills. Throughout this workshop, participants will be actively involved in learning new information; observing and reflecting on their own instructional delivery as well as that of others; and analyzing how to further enhance the ways in which they help adults learn. Emphasis is placed on the development of a practical repertoire of instructional skills which may be applied to a variety of teaching contexts. There will be opportunities to practice delivery throughout the workshop.

This workshop extends the knowledge, skills and attitudes which were covered in Training Delivery Skills - Level 1.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop will be of assistance to individuals who have instructional delivery responsibilities and who wish to further increase their understanding of the process through observation, practice and reflection.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. describe the concept of critical thinking and its importance for learning;
  2. describe the importance of motivation and identify at least five motivational strategies;
  3. explain perceptual learning styles and updated research in this area;
  4. distinguish between clear and unclear communication when instructing;
  5. explain types of questions which can be used to enhance learning and demonstrate their use;
  6. explain the importance of overviews, cueing, debriefing, integration and summaries when instructing;
  7. describe the importance of assessment and identify possible assessment strategies;
  8. explain the importance of effective feedback and demonstrate this instructor skill;
  9. describe common ethical concerns facing the instructor;
  10. explain the importance of instructor self-care and strategies for implementing it.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level I

Workshop Length:
2 days


Designing Effective Training Programs

Throughout this highly participatory 2-day workshop, participants will learn a six-step process for designing training programs. During the workshop, we will look at the importance of consultation, appropriateness, motivation, participation, assessment, and retention and transfer.

Participants will be actively involved throughout this workshop. They will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills to their own planning situations. Participants are asked to identify a program idea to work on during the workshop.

Who Should Attend:
This practical, hands-on workshop is directed toward people who have responsibility for designing any type of training program. It will be of assistance to those who are new to designing training programs as well as to those who wish to enhance existing skills.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. describe three program planning philosophies;
  2. explain the benefits of systematic program planning;
  3. describe and apply each of the steps of the planning model to a relevant project;
  4. identify common reasons for unsuccessful training programs and strategies for overcoming them.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level I

Recommended:
Training Delivery Skills - Level 2

Workshop Length:
2 days


Ideas for Active Learning

In this practical 2-day workshop, participants will increase their understanding of active learning and come away with many new instructional technique ideas. To better assist instructors and instructional designers, the ideas are divided into five categories: ideas for introductions, ideas for expectation-setting, ideas for energizers, ideas for retention and transfer, and ideas for closure.

In addition to significantly adding to technique repertoire, there will be an emphasis on analyzing when, why and how the techniques should be used. In this workshop, participants will come away with many ideas for designing and delivering instruction which is motivating, interesting, challenging and remembered.

Who Should Attend:
Because this workshop focuses on both expanding instructional technique repertoire as well as analyzing the appropriateness of techniques to assist learning, this workshop will be of assistance to both instructors and instructional designers.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. describe the qualities of active learning;
  2. explain the importance of introductory activities and identify examples of them;
  3. explain the importance of expectation-setting activities and identify examples of them;
  4. explain when the use of energizers is appropriate and identify examples of them;
  5. explain the importance of building retention and transfer into instructional plans and identify specific strategies which do so;
  6. explain the importance of closure activities and identify examples of them.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level 1

Workshop Length:
2 days


Using Materials & Technology to Enhance Training

In this practical 2-day workshop, participants will increase their understanding of how the appropriate use of materials and technology can enhance the learning process. Throughout this workshop, participants will become more knowledgeable about the qualities of effective instructional materials and more aware of how to use typical training room equipment well. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to analyze appropriate material and technology choices.

During the workshop, we will cover the following instructional materials: handouts, manuals, flipcharts, whiteboard sessions, job aids, PowerPoint sessions and props. We will also cover the appropriate use of the following training room equipment: flipchart easel, whiteboard and data projector.

Who Should Attend:
Because the effective use of instructional materials and training room equipment can greatly assist the learning process, this workshop will be relevant for both instructors and instructional designers.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. explain the benefits of using instructional materials;
  2. identify the qualities of effective handouts, manuals, flipcharts, whiteboard sessions, job aids, PowerPoint sessions and props;
  3. analyze instructional materials;
  4. identify appropriate materials choices for specific training situations;
  5. describe the effective use of common training room equipment.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level I

Recommended:
Designing Effective Training Programs

Workshop Length:
2 days


Group Dynamics & Learning

When learning takes place in groups, an understanding of group dynamics can be a great asset for instructors. It can help them make wise decisions about how to encourage a positive group atmosphere. It can also help them think through what to do when challenges occur.

In this practical, highly interactive workshop, participants will have an opportunity to increase their understanding of group dynamics; learn strategies which encourage group productiveness and a healthy group atmosphere; and analyze how challenging situations can be appropriately handled.

Who Should Attend:
Because group dynamics is influenced both by the way a program is designed and by the way it is delivered, this workshop will be helpful to both instructors and instructional designers.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. explain how to create an optimum climate for effective group learning;
  2. explain a model of group dynamics and apply it as a diagnostic tool;
  3. explain possible purposes of groups and the implications this has for the instructor and for the instructional design;
  4. identify observation possibilities in instructional settings;
  5. describe common issues which arise in instructional settings and appropriate strategies for dealing with them.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level 1

Recommended:
Training Delivery Skills - Level 2
Designing Effective Training Programs

Workshop Length:
2 days


The Integration Seminar

This interactive 1-day workshop invites participants to "put it all together" - to integrate and apply what they have learned about instructional design and delivery in a practical, hands-on way.

Participants will have an opportunity to deliver a 15 - 20 minute instructional practice session and to receive detailed, structured feedback from both their colleagues and the instructor in a supportive environment. In addition, skills of observation and analysis will also be practiced through observing and providing feedback on other participants' sessions.

In order to devote the maximum amount of time to each participant's practice session, advance preparation is required. Instructions will be provided to help guide your preparation.

Pre-requisites:
Training Delivery Skills - Level 1
Designing Effective Training Programs

Recommended:
It is recommended that you take this workshop at the end of the series.

Workshop Length:
1 day


One-to-One Training & Coaching Skills

This highly interactive 2-day workshop focuses on how to make one-to-one training and coaching sessions more relevant, meaningful, helpful, concise and enjoyable. Participants will come away from this workshop with an increased understanding of one-to-one sessions and their importance in helping adults learn.

Participants will have many opportunities to practice one-to-one delivery in a supportive, collegial environment.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop will be of assistance to both new trainers who want to learn effective one-to-one training and coaching skills as well as to more experienced trainers who want to enhance their existing knowledge and skills.

Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  1. explain the concepts of 1-1 training and coaching;
  2. explain the characteristics of adult learners and the implications for 1-1 sessions;
  3. describe how to create positive learning environments when conducting 1-1 sessions;
  4. explain the effect of instructional style on the 1-1 teaching-learning process;
  5. describe how to effectively plan short 1-1 sessions;
  6. describe at least 5 instructional techniques which can be used in 1-1 sessions;
  7. describe the importance of assessment and feedback in 1-1 sessions;
  8. explain why motivation is important in 1-1 sessions and identify at least 5 motivational strategies;
  9. identify possible 1-1 challenges and some strategies for handling them.

Pre-requisite:
None

Workshop Length:
2 days


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who should attend?

This series of workshops will be of benefit to anyone who is involved in the design and delivery of face-to-face training programs for adult learners.

Often people who have content expertise find themselves with training responsibilities. While these individuals are very knowledgeable about their subject matter, they may wish assistance with instructional design and delivery.

Sometimes people find themselves in the situation of having to design and deliver training in a content area in which they themselves are still gaining expertise. In this challenging situation, an understanding of how to effectively design and deliver training programs can be a great asset.

Helping people learn occurs in a wide variety of settings and in a broad range of content areas. Participants who attend The Trainer's Workshop Series may come from government agencies, business and industry, post-secondary institutions, the non-profit sector, consulting, health-care, crown corporations, etc. The range of instructional content areas could include: health & safety, computer applications, job skills, policies & procedures, legislation, finance, conflict resolution, library research skills, counselling, supervision, diversity, communication skills, environmental awareness, etc.

The workshops in The Trainer's Workshop Series will be of assistance to both new and experienced instructors and instructional designers. In addition, the series will be useful for individuals who have full-time, part-time, or occasional training responsibilities.

2. Can I take individual workshops?
You are most welcome to take individual workshops. To ensure that you receive the maximum benefit from the workshops, some pre-requisites may apply.

3. Can previous workshops count as pre-requisites and toward the Statement of Completion?
If you have taken equivalent workshops with me in the past, you will be able to use them as pre-requisites and toward the Statement of Completion.

If you have taken equivalent workshops with other instructors, I will review the following information and discuss it with you. The information you will need to send in this case is:

  • the name of the workshop;
  • the dates and times it was taken;
  • where it was held;
  • the workshop description and objectives;
  • your contact information.

Please send this information to:

4. Can these workshops be transferred to other programs?
It would be my pleasure to discuss this with you. Please contact me at reva@kalefconsulting.com