Instructional Techniques For New Instructors
Becoming a Dynamic Trainer
This workshop provides the key “survival” skills you need as a new instructor. Build your confidence as you practice delivering a real-world training session. Along the way, you’ll receive specific feedback from the instructor and your peers. You’ll leave the course with a video-recording of your performance, feedback forms, and suggestions for improvement. Expect the most highly participative and interactive course you’ve ever attended!
This course has been approved by Microsoft® for the presentation skills component of Microsoft® Certified Trainer (MCT).
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For trainers (and people asked to train) who have less than one year of experience in course delivery and who have no formal training in instructional techniques.
- Apply principles of adult learning.
- Write instructional objectives.
- Start a course with high impact.
- Determine course content.
- Select instructional methods.
- Deliver lectures properly.
- Develop exercises and tests.
- Administer exercises and tests.
- Give demonstrations.
- Establish an effective relationship with learners.
- Hold participants’ attention and interest.
- Obtain and give feedback on learner progress.
- Employ effective speaking skills.
- Handle problem participants and situations.
- Ask and answer questions properly.
- “Read” the group and adjust to their needs.
- Manage time effectively during instruction.
- Deal with your own nervousness and anxiety.
- Promote learner participation.
- Establish a good climate for learning.
- Apply techniques to increase learner motivation.
- Build fun into your courses (without going too far).
- Use small-group activities effectively.
- Set up a classroom properly.
- Use audio-visual aids professionally.
Although this course is for instructors rather than designers, note that 4 of the objectives listed focus on design. We consider it essential for instructors to know how to apply fundamental design principles.
- The most common issues for new instructors and how to overcome them.
- How to minimize nervousness and anxiety.
- How to project confidence.
- 7 vital facts about how adults learn.
- Over 25 tips on speaking skills.
- When to be dynamic and energetic versus relaxed and easy-going.
- How to create a great climate for learning.
- How to build rapport with your learners.
- Techniques to improve your vocal inflection.
- How to use gestures to reinforce your message.
- 14 tips for a dynamic speaking style.
- How to sustain eye contact with learners.
- Non-verbal cues and how to deal with them.
- What to do about your personal mannerisms.
- How to ask questions.
- The best type of question and the one type of question to avoid.
- 7 tips for answering questions professionally.
- What to do if you don’t know an answer.
- How to handle incorrect answers.
- A proven approach for starting a course on the right track.
- How to make a strong first impression.
- The common pitfalls in lecturing and how to avoid them.
- How to give polished demonstrations.
- Tips (and practice) in leading a discussion.
- 8 laws of classroom motivation.
- How to increase learners’ enthusiasm.
- Simple techniques to get everyone to participate.
- How to create and maintain a fun learning environment.
- Tips for giving proper feedback to learners.
- Simple ways to read a group.
- How to use notes and lesson plans.
- What to do when learners have varied backgrounds.
- Our 8 favorite icebreakers.
- Tips for keeping learners alert and energized.
- How to make sure learners succeed.
- What to do when learners don’t get it.
- How to get rave reviews from learners every time!
- An easy-to-use 6-step strategy for structuring your courses.
- How a lesson should flow.
- All you need to know about course objectives.
- How to spot weak objectives.
- How to write objectives properly.
- 7 WIIFM techniques for presenting benefits to learners.
- A simple method for determining course content.
- The type of content that should not be included in a course.
- How to ensure learners practice what they learn.
- 50 instructional methods you can use.
- How to select the most appropriate instructional methods.
- The best way to provide feedback to learners.
- Guidelines for conducting meaningful reviews and summaries.
- 14 tips to stay on schedule and avoid time wasters.
- How to handle the “too much content, not enough time” dilemma.
- 15 tips for setting up a classroom properly.
- The best set-up for enhancing participation.
- How to use visual aids effectively.
- The do’s and don’ts of multimedia slides.
- The top 10 flipchart techniques.
- When to use handouts.
- An arsenal of techniques for handling problem people.
- How to stay in control during difficult situations.
- How to decrease the amount of instructor talk.
- How to prepare a post-course report for your supervisor.
- Tips for assessing your overall strengths and weaknesses as an instructor.
- A quick method for getting learner feedback on your performance.
- How to make dull material interesting
- All the worksheets, checklists, and forms in Microsoft® Word template format. Simply download them from your personal My Langevin website.
- Free 1-year feedback service. Send us a recording of yourself instructing and we will give you detailed feedback to further develop your skills.