A training course
on online training
When you were a child, you learned how to share your toys, your snacks…Have you ever considered learning how to share your knowledge? In companies, scientists are often asked to train their colleagues in their field of expertise. However, they often find themselves alone and have no idea how to develop and lead their training course.
A major French manufacturer specialized in gas asked Agent Majeur to assist their occasional trainers. Indeed, once or twice per year, this company’s experts and researchers need to introduce core technologies to newcomers. To make their training modules more effective, but also to help them popularize their knowledge, we led a training course on video conferencing during 4 half days.
The first step in improving the participants’ training skills: making them aware of their strengths and difficulties. To that end, each participant provided part of their training and benefited from the feedback of their colleagues and the instructor from Agent Majeur. This aspect was particularly interesting since most participants did not have the same field of expertise, and thus the same level of knowledge on the various topics.
The second step of this transformation: understanding the roots of these difficulties. Often, experts are focused on knowledge itself, rather than on the way they share it. Setting educational goals,
developing a structured course, building on the expectations of participants to better respond to them, are all crucial elements to consider when preparing a training session.
For example, participants learned how to build a training course by using sequencing. This tool creates a detailed hourly schedule of the different parts of the training course. In addition to providing a framework, sequencing makes it possible to check that sessions are well-balanced. Indeed, at a glance, the plan shows if the important elements are indeed those which take up the most time. This tool also helps to properly balance theoretical background and practical exercises.
The advantage of this kind of training course is that the instructor can show participants how his own module was built. For instance, the trainer can explain why a given exercise was placed at this moment during the day. Participants can test the merits of this choice in real-time. Similarly, they can evaluate each videoconferencing system, whether it is Zoom, Teams or GoogleMeet. Each participant can see the benefits of the different functionalities or how to use other online tools to liven up their intervention.
The last step to become a better instructor: measuring progress and setting up actions to keep improving over time. One of the participants, for example, decided to streamline the PowerPoint presentation of his training course within only a few hours.
Overall, thanks to this training course, these experts were able to learn how to structure, clarify, summarize and liven up their training sessions. They left with all the keys to share both their knowledge and their passion!