The assessment of training needs is the basis for making effective decisions about program design and delivery. This module will provide you with the tools, techniques, and strategies for establishing performance objectives and learning requirements for a training program. You will learn:
- How to plan a comprehensive needs assessment strategy
- How to design questions for questionnaires and interviews
- How to build items for an assessment inventory
In this module, you will analyse the conditions necessary for effective learning and you will discuss ways of measuring learning:
- The technical relationship between learning objectives and learning design will be highlighted
- A group-based seminar will explore theories and practices of adult education
A sound evaluation strategy is designed to answer these essential questions:
- Did the training program achieve its overall goals?
- Did the learners retain and use in the real world what they learned?
- Did the learners demonstrate that they learned during the training program?
- Did the learners express satisfaction with the training program?
In this module, you will acquire skills that will help you to evaluate a training program and, ultimately, to design more successful ones:
- You will develop a plan to gather evidence of impact, transfer, learning, and reaction
- You will develop the instrumentation necessary to measure the appropriateness, adequacy, efficiency, and effectiveness of a training program
Adult learners possess learning styles that must be considered in the design of learning activities. In this module:
- You will identify learning styles and you will select learning strategies and methods
- You will practise how to integrate these factors in a learning plan, in order to be consistent with the principles and process of adult education
In this module you will develop, through demonstration and practice:
- Platform skills for facilitating training programs
- Presentation and group process skills
- Discussion-leading skills
- Questioning, responding, and fielding skills
You will design and then facilitate a learning activity during the module
Peer learners will provide feedback on both the design and facilitation components.
Successful completion of this module will qualify you to receive the Diploma in Adult Education from StFX:
- Completed as a self-directed field project, the practicum requires you to develop, design, facilitate, and report upon a training program
- You will provide evidence of your competence in the full range of skills, strategies, and techniques that you acquired during the classroom modules
- Completion of this module is via a practicum report, which is submitted to StFX for evaluation