I was recently challenged to create a technology training session that utilizes good instructional design. The training topic I selected to focus on was Google for Education with a heavy emphasis on Google Classroom. This session was designed for a particularly unique faculty at a career technical school. Around ninety eight percent of this faculty came straight to the world of education from the industry they teach, lacking a traditional education program background. While they are rockstars in their career content, daily educator task such as lesson plans and technology integration can be a struggle for some. Let’s take a look at a short video on an effective adult training program:
The video summarizes that adults want to be engaged, use their experience, and want feedback. While I was designing the Google for Education training session, I kept these three factors in mind.
Larson and Lockee (2014) explained that the more you know about the performance context, the easier it will be to create a relevant learning environment that increases learner motivation and aids in the transfer of new knowledge and skills to the work setting (p. 64). Prior to the training session, participants would be asked to complete a training expectation and technology integration survey as a formative assessment. The results from this assessment would be analyzed and the facilitator would personalize the content of the session accordingly. Larson and Lockee (2014) shared that as you analyze content, identify the different knowledge, attitudes, skills and interpersonal skills required to enable the learner to competently complete the goals (p. 97).
The session is broken down into four sections: Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Slides. Each section begins with an introductory video and concludes with hands-on application. This allows the participants to be engaged, apply their knowledge, and obtain feedback from the facilitator. Participants will receive even more feedback at the conclusion of the training by completing evaluations via Google Forms. Want to see the training in greater detail? Check out the Google Site for more specifics on the training session.