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As an adult educator, I try to deliver the best instruction to my students that I can offer. My agency provides basic remedial instruction and high school equivalency instruction for 17-24 wishing to go into the workforce. It excites me every day to contribute my small part in educating the youth population.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Training PowerPoint

Training and Development Power Point


Developmental Styles

Development Styles

Companies that create developmental plans for their employees must keep the focus on how can they improve the quality of their employees. Employees that participate in developmental programs are helping them to grow in their chosen career path with providing leadership skills that will prepare an employee for the future. (Laureate, 2011)

In creating a developmental plan for my company, Eckerd Kids, there a few areas that can benefit in preparing our employees for the future of our non-profit.

Mentoring - Mentoring is a feature that can add to preparing Eckerd employees for our role in preparing youth for the workforce. Allowing seasoned employees that are more experienced and have more knowledge to mentor and coach new hires can increase the collaboration with employees. (Noe, 2011) Learning best practices from a colleague may be better received than from a manager. Mentoring allows employees to share experiences and knowledge that can promote growth in a career path.

Onboarding- Onboarding is the described as a process for new staff to adjust to all the aspects of their new position. (Noe, 2011) Currently, our company does not have this process. It may be due to low turnover rates. Still, this could be beneficial to employees. According to Noe (2011), effective onboarding can increase job satisfaction, lower turnover outcomes, promote high performance and reduce workplace stress. Noe also suggests these four characteristics presented in a useful orientation:
·         Compliance-  understanding basic legal and policy information
·         Clarification- understanding job performance
·         Culture- company history, traditions, and values
·         Connection- understanding formal and informal relations

Job Rotation- Job rotation allows employees to work in other areas of the company to gain a holistic view of the business. Job rotation can be a great benefit because employees can improve critical thinking and decision making skills. (Noe, 2011)  Job rotation can help all employees and can allow managers to address developmental needs for job assignments. (Noe, 2011)

360-Degree Feedback System- this system allow themselves, colleagues, customers, and managers to evaluate their workplace performance. This can allow feedback from several views as to the employee’s performance. For example, an employee may be very useful for their customer, but not a team player, never wanting to lend a hand to help others. Managers may not be aware of these behaviors. This type of evaluation can also place the accountability on the employee to self-reflect and improve their work ethics.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). Employee development [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Five Training Methods

We’ve been exploring different types of training methods and technologies that are used within training environments. I chose five of those methods to provide a little more in-depth look at how these resources can assist with training developments.   

1.      Social Media- This technology involves online and mobile technology that creates interaction of user-generated content. (Noe, 2013)  Such types of media include blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a host of many others. These sites help videos, articles and/or other supplemental information that can help support your training.  Social media can also link your participants before, during, or after the training period to allow them to know one another. Many companies may create internal social media tools, such a micro blogs to use among employees to communicate within.

2.      Adaptive Learning-refers to the technologies monitoring student progress, using data to modify instruction at any time. (Horizon, 2017) This tool provides individualized learning to learners based on their strengths and weakness within a learning environment.  Using adaptive tools, students will be guided through foundational concepts such as peer review strategies, argumentation, and designing multimodal compositions, ensuring a strong understanding of these concepts before moving on to more sophisticated activities. (Horizon, 2017)

3.      Mobile Technology- Mobile technology allows someone to learn from anywhere and at any time.(Noe, 2013)  Devices that allow this type of learning includes, tablets, smartphones, laptops, iPods, etc.. or any device that is capable of having an internet connection..(Noe, 2013)  This type of training can be formal or informal such as using blogs, or a type of social media. Convenience is driving demand for this strategy, with potential for new mobile-enhanced delivery models that can increase access to education. (Horizon, 2017)  This type of learning is greatly impacting the learning environment. Mobile devices have become the channel to personalized working and learning environments that introduce learning at each user’s pace (Horizon, 2017)

4.       Virtual Worlds-  Virtual world is a computer-based 3-D representation of a real world scenario. (Noe, 2011) Carol Leaman suggests training can become a game as well” gamification..” Gamification is the process of making nongame activities more fun and engaging. (Leaman, 2014) Gamification also is often used to engage people in learning when and where it’s convenient; information often is distributed over a long time period and not meant to be learned in one setting. (Leaman, 2014) Virtual worlds can imitate the work environment while allowing employees to practice the skills needed to perform their job effectively. (Noe, 2011)

5.      Intelligent Tutoring Systems- These are technology tools that provide additional support to learners, such as tutoring, coaching or empowering. (Noe. 2011)  There are five components to ITS: user interface, domain expert, trainee model, training session manager, and trainee scenario generator.  These type of systems allow tailored instruction, a communication tool, determine learners’ level of understanding and assessments. 

Horizon Report. (2017). Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition. New Media Consortium.

Leaman, C. (2014). Boost Basic Job Skills Training. TD: Talent Development, 68(8), 34-39.

Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.