Technical Training Basics, 2nd Edition

Book description

Your essential guide to designing successful training programs.

If you’re an experienced trainer, training manager, content designer, or curriculum developer, Technical Training Basics will help you tackle the challenges of working with specialized, complex subject matter and in partnership with subject matter experts.

Part of ATD’s Training Basics series, this complete guide describes the differences between technical and nontechnical training; the principles of gathering information and arranging content for a highly technical course; how to apply specific tools, equipment, and processes in your training; and how to manage your project from designing and developing a pilot course through post-course review.

This expanded second edition features new material that focuses on:

  • smaller performance solutions
  • Agile design
  • the learner experience.

More exercises, outlines, worksheets, checklists, evaluation forms, and a sample PowerPoint presentation are included to further meet your technical needs.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. About the Training Basics Series
  6. Preface
  7. 1. The Technical Training Enigma
    1. What Is Technical Training?
    2. Differences Between Technical and Nontechnical Training
    3. What Is a Technical Organization?
    4. The Role of Technical Training Within the Technical Organization
    5. Competency Assurance
    6. Technical Courses Versus Technical Learning Experiences
    7. Basic Requirements to Promote Technical Learning and Performance Improvement
    8. Cracking the Enigma—Learning Measurement
    9. What We’ve Learned
    10. Getting It Done
  8. 2. Effective Technical Training
    1. Active and Passive Learning
    2. Variety, Differentiated Instruction, and Varied Practice
    3. Getting It Done
  9. 3. The Successful Development Team
    1. Roles in Technical Course Development
    2. Successful Developer Characteristics
    3. Traits of the Ideal Subject Matter Expert
    4. Finding a Good SME
    5. What We’ve Learned
    6. Getting It Done
  10. 4. Technical Training Development Strategies
    1. ADDIE Model
    2. Agile
    3. Reconciling ADDIE and Agile
    4. Example: Iterative ADDIE
    5. Getting It Done
  11. 5. Beginning the Technical Training Project
    1. The Kickoff Meeting
    2. Introductions, Expectations, and Administrative Information
    3. Important Questions for Stakeholders and SMEs
    4. Getting It Done
  12. 6. Targeting the Content
    1. Identify SMART Learning Objectives
    2. Prioritizing Content
    3. Learning Strategy Analysis
    4. Getting It Done
  13. 7. Arranging a Technical Curriculum
    1. Options for Arranging a Technical Course
    2. The Building Blocks of a Design Document
    3. Getting It Done
  14. 8. Designing Classroom Exercises for Highly Technical Content
    1. Three Categories of Exercises
    2. Getting It Done
  15. 9. Gathering Information
    1. Types of Information to Seek
    2. In-House Sources of Information
    3. External Sources of Information
    4. Maximizing Information You Receive
    5. Challenges of Gathering Information
    6. Specific Tactics for Collecting Information
    7. Getting It Done
  16. 10. Working With Subject Matter Experts
    1. Developing Content With SMEs
    2. Finding Out “the Why” From Your SME
    3. Getting Past Tangents
    4. Going Through Edits With Your SME
    5. Getting It Done
  17. 11. The Pilot Class and Beyond
    1. Helping Out the SME-Turned-Trainer
    2. Development Opportunities From the Pilot Class
    3. Post-Course Maintenance
    4. Getting It Done
  18. 12. Troubleshooting: Challenges and Solutions
    1. Challenge: Technical Content Is Too Complicated
    2. Challenge: You Can’t Tell What Content Is “Nice to Know” and What Is “Need to Know”
    3. Challenge: Your SME Has a Full-Time Job Outside the Training Department
    4. Challenge: The Course You Have Been Asked to Redesign Has Already Been Taught for Years
    5. Challenge: The Course That Never Gets Finished
    6. Challenge: The Course That Needs to Be Finished Yesterday
    7. Challenge: The Organization Doesn’t Understand Active Training
    8. Challenge: You Don’t Know How to Make the Content Interactive
    9. Challenge: SMEs Disagree on Content
    10. Challenge: Equipment Is Unavailable for Training
    11. Challenge: Concrete Answers Do Not Exist
    12. Challenge: You Have a Global Training Audience
    13. Challenge: Technology Keeps Changing
    14. Challenge: I Don’t Know If My Learning Solution Is Effective
    15. Summing It Up—A Final Word on Technical Training Basics
    16. Getting It Done
  19. References and Resources
  20. About the Author
  21. Back Cover

Product information

  • Title: Technical Training Basics, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Sarah Wakefield
  • Release date: November 2019
  • Publisher(s): Association for Talent Development
  • ISBN: 9781950496358