Top mistakes in creating training content


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Creating Effective Training Content is not just about slides. This presentation explores step-by-step the common mistakes trainers make in creating content.

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Top mistakes in creating training content

  1. 1. Top Miskates in creating training content<br />Metamorph Training Pvt Ltd<br />
  2. 2. Training Content is NOT simply about the slides<br />
  3. 3. There are multiple tools available today to design and develop training content… <br />Photo credit Michal Trochimiak<br />
  4. 4. Even with so many of them, how do you know if your training content is effective?<br />
  5. 5. As good content developers, we start with: The Objective<br />At the end of the training, can the audience do this: <br />RECALL<br />UNDERSTAND<br />APPLY<br />
  6. 6. This is captured by Bloom’s Taxonomy…<br />
  7. 7. Sadly, most trainers who deliver still struggle with getting audiences to just remember what was taught<br />
  8. 8. What are the common mistakes in training content that leads to this?<br />
  9. 9. RECALL: Audience remember only what is repeated. Mistake 1 : Not revisiting important aspects<br />
  10. 10. Does your content design allow for an important point to be revised multiple times with different and interesting modes? <br />Discussion<br />Summary<br />Exercise<br />Test<br />
  11. 11. A summary at the end of every module and before/after breaks keeps the thought flowing in the right direction.<br />
  12. 12. RECALL: Audience remember stories Mistake 2 : Information is presented as a dump without connecting link<br />
  13. 13. Does your content have a flow and structure to it so that when audience don’t need to remember different bits and pieces but 1 story?<br />
  14. 14. Break down your content into modules that can be easily revised and summarized. This modular approach also helps trainers easily repurpose content fairly quickly. <br />
  15. 15. RECALL: Audience remember what they ‘do’Mistake 3 : Spending more time on information download rather than on activities<br />
  16. 16. Is every major learning point supported with an activity to apply the learning? Are these activities of different types so that boredom doesn’t set in?<br />
  17. 17. When NOT to use activities? Avoid adding activities for points that audience already know. E.g. managing time is important.Don’t use activities for not so important points – just because you find the activity interesting. <br />
  18. 18. 3 common mistakes in RECALL<br />Mistake 1 : Not revisiting important aspects <br />Mistake 2 : Information is presented as a dump without connecting link<br />Mistake 3 : Spending more time on information download rather than on activities<br />
  19. 19. Next we look at common mistakes in….<br />RECALL<br />UNDERSTAND<br />APPLY<br />
  20. 20. UNDERSTAND: Audience ignore the complexMistake 1 : Not spending time to simplify content<br />
  21. 21. Does your content simply download content as it appears in the product flyer or a previous training program?<br />
  22. 22. Content can be simplified with use of diagramsinstead of bullet points<br />
  23. 23. Content can be simplified with use of analogy instead of technical explanations<br />
  24. 24. Content can be simplified with use of visuals instead of words<br />
  25. 25. No matter how complex the concept, if it is explained by use of visuals and diagrams it is possible for your audience to understand and recall exactly what was said.<br />
  26. 26. UNDERSTAND: Audience get exhausted by doing just one thingMistake 2 : Not varying the methodology periodically<br />
  27. 27. Does your content have hours of presentation followed by a role play at the end? This exhausts the audience.<br />
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  29. 29. UNDERSTAND: There are different learner typesMistake 3 : Using methodologies for only 1 type of learner<br />
  30. 30. A simple rule of thumb used to differentiate learner types….<br />Theory focused<br />Experience focused<br />
  31. 31. Each type prefers to learn with different methods<br />Theory focused<br />Experience focused<br />Case Studies <br />Role Plays<br />Discussions<br />Movies<br />Presentations<br />Simulations<br />Quiz<br />Games<br />Analytical Activities<br />Case-lets<br />
  32. 32. Whether you use VAK, Kolb’s Learning Cycle or any other model, use methodologies that appeal to different types. <br />
  33. 33. Training Format Options<br /><ul><li>OJT
  34. 34. Mentoring
  35. 35. CBT
  36. 36. e-Learning
  37. 37. Text-based
  38. 38. Active Learning</li></ul>Audio / Video<br />Games<br />Role Plays<br />Caselets<br />One-on-one/small group coaching<br />Classroom<br />33<br />
  39. 39. 3 common mistakes in UNDERSTANDING<br />Mistake 1 : Not simplifying content<br />Mistake 2 : Not varying methodologies periodically <br />Mistake 3 : Using methodologies for 1 type of learner<br />
  40. 40. Next we look at common mistakes in….<br />RECALL<br />UNDERSTAND<br />APPLY<br />
  41. 41. APPLY: Audience prefer solutions to their problems, not theoryMistake 1: Starting with training content without showing relevance to their work<br />
  42. 42. Does your training start and end with 1) how the content applies to workplace 2) the benefit it brings and 3) the problem it solves <br />Your audience will pay more attention when you SELL the training<br />
  43. 43. APPLY: Audience need to practice what they learn in a safe environmentMistake 2: Not providing enough time for practice<br />
  44. 44. One comprehensive exercise is not enough. It is better to check application in stages rather than as a massive exercise of applying everything learnt at the end. <br />
  45. 45. 2 common mistakes in APPLYING <br />Mistake 1 : Not showing relevant to work<br />Mistake 2 : Not providing enough time for practice<br />
  46. 46. So, creating effective training content is NOTsimply about knowing theory…<br />
  47. 47. This presentation is by Metamorph Training.We conduct workshops on Advanced Content Creation Skills Check our website for brochure and details.<br />