Trainer Fuel – 15 Jan 19

Here are a few articles and blog posts to add to your weekly reading time.  These are quick reads that bring together a variety of training concepts into a single list.

1. ADDIE, SAM, or Spaghetti?

Instruction Designers and Training Developers use a variety of process to put together their training.  Some use the Spaghetti method of training development.  Throw a training idea against the wall and hope it sticks… But most professionals use a developmental model such as the ADDIE Model (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) or the SAM Model (Successive Approximation Model).  Most of us that use ADDIE have adapted it to fit our needs and make it less laborious.  While many people prefer the simplicity of SAM.  This article and the two links below will help you get a better picture of the two.  What are you using in your organizations – We hope it’s not spaghetti…


2. Analyzing Learning Effectiveness

The Kirkpatrick Model is perhaps the most well-known model for the evaluation of training.  This four-step model looks at Participant Reaction (the degree to which participants find the training favorable, engaging and relevant to their jobs), Learning (the degree to which participants acquire the intended knowledge, skills, attitude, confidence and commitment based on their participation in the training), Behavior (The degree to which participants apply what they learned during training when they are back on the job), and Results (The degree to which targeted outcomes occur as a result of the training and the support and accountability package).  In this quick and easy read from Mind Tools you’ll find a good review.  We encourage you to check out the Kirkpatrick site too.


3. 5 Steps to Metacognition

The Effortful Educator is a website devoted to better classroom performance at the High School level.  But don’t let that fool you.  This site is a treasure trove of tips and tactics to enhance adult learning.  The author challenges fellow educators to try these five methods of promoting effortful retrieval and reflective practice: provide questions or a promptanswer using only their brainevaluate your answerscompare/contrast answers with neighbors, and finally grade your paper.


4. Can Empathy be Trained?

Empathy is a skill and skills can be trained.  However, there’s no class that a learner can sit through to make them more empathetic – it is developed, like character or physical endurance, over time and through intentional repetition.  This post lays out five ways we can intentionally activate empathy for the purpose of development.


5. Best exercises to minimize injuries, improve performance

In this article Lt. Ricky S. Rhodes (ret.) shares the best exercises for MIL/LE to reduce injuries and improve tactical performance.