“From the scenario this week, the idea of a one-day training program is the most ideal for their training needs. The issue that needs training is effective communication within the department. To follow the experiential learning model, the training would start off with having the trainees describe a time in their lives when communication has made a bad situation worse and a time when effective communication made a bad situation better. This highlights the importance of communication for everyone in the training. I would follow this with a lecturette that discusses the different types of communication that can be effective in different situations, such as confrontational, hostile or passive. Once the material was covered, the trainees would then break into pairs and showcase the different types of communication styles that would work in different situations.
This allows the employees to test their grasp of the concept and to showcase the material for the other trainees who may not have fully understood that concept. The next step of the ELM is generalization. Effective communication is essential in any career field and is even vital in personal relationships. The information learned in the training can be used in all facets of life. As a trainer, I would have the trainees mention certain situations they can see themselves using this information outside of the workplace and perhaps which style of communication they look forward to trying.
Lastly, the employees would take this information and apply it to a new experience that is focused closely to their workplace. There have been mentions in the weekly scenarios that the employees felt under trained in their systems. This final part of the training would allow them to demonstrate how their newfound understanding of effective communication could have improved the situation before there was any performance loss.
From the ATD website, I have selected a certification course titled Essentials of Being a Successful Training Coordinator. The training objectives highlight that the course: defines the role of a training coordinator, teaches the steps in the ADDIE training model, teaches management techniques to manage training design and development and how to identify and diffuse difficult situations. Rather than a $745 course taught online, these training objectives could be established with a PowerPoint presentation or even a video on LinkedIn Learning or Lynda. These computer-based trainings would be a more cost-effective way to absorb the same information without requiring a live instructor to teach it each time in a live online lecture.”
1. Association for Talent Development. 2019. Essentials of Being a Successful Training Coordinator. https://www.td.org/education-courses/essentials-of-being-a-successful-training-coordinator