How do I demonstrate that I am a good trainer?
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There are five skills that we think are critical for good trainers to develop. In our experience, good trainers:
ASK good questions to understand learner needs before, during, and after the training session
ADAPT existing materials to meet learner needs before and during the training session
CREATE new materials to meet learner needs before the training session
PREPARE agenda, tools, and contingency plans before the training session
CONNECT with learners before, during, and after the training
This assignment is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you are actively developing these important skills.
Follow these steps to properly organize your ePortfolio.
1. Title the ePortfolio:
2. Create 5 sections in your ePortfolio and label them, in all caps:
If you wish to add other sections to the ePortfolio (such as a short introduction or professional biography), please add them below the required links.
3. Create at least one page in each section and label the page with the date when you first completed the deliverable, for example:
19 NOV 2012
4. Using the content editor, begin each page with a short description of the deliverable. Keep your description clear and simple. Any general reader should be able to understand the context and purpose of your training deliverable.
5. Embed in the portfolio page the training deliverable. There should be only one deliverable featured per page; however, a single deliverable might include more than one file upload or media file.
6. Once your portfolio is complete, submit the entire ePortfolio as a URL to this assignment. Be sure to submit the PRIVATE ePortfolio link. Read this Canvas Guide for details.
7. Your portfolio will be evaluated based on the rubric posted below.
8. Optional. If you wish, you can share your private ePortfolio with others in the course. Add the link with the key (so others can open it) to this wiki page.
The following list contains ideas for deliverables you might consider embedding in your ePortfolio. If you have additional ideas for deliverables that you would like to suggest to, please add them here. There is no restriction on the format or length of each deliverable; the key is making it as easy as possible for the evaluators to see how the deliverable exemplifies each skill in action.
If you have any questions about the training deliverables assignment, please post them here.
1. Post a media clip of you asking a learner a clarifying question. This could be a question to understand what the learner means or what the learner understand. Provide a description and enough video around the example so that evaluators can understand the setting in which the question was asked.
2. Post a media clip of a needs assessment conversation. This could be a conversation you have over the phone, via email, via Skype, or in person. Demonstrate that you are asking the questions that will help you adapt your training session to meet learner needs.
3. Post an survey used to assess what learners need to know. This could be a survey used to find out what faculty are interested in learning or a survey used to find out what your learners already know.
4. Post a media clip of you asking a question that sparks lively discussion or sharing amongst learners. This could be a short discussion where learners learned more from each other than they could have learned from you.
5. Post a survey used to evaluate what learners learned and enjoyed about your session. This could be a Google Form you sent out to faculty after a training session, along with your own reflection about the results of the survey and how you used or could use those results to improve your next session.
1. Download the Build a Simple Canvas Course handout and adapt it for your learners. Using the images and resources available to you in Canvas Guides, rearrange the order and the tutorial steps found in the Canvas Build a Simple Canvas Course handout. Explain in your description why you made the changes you did.
2. Create a new module or course based on the Canvas Instructor Overview course. This could be course you plan to use to certify faculty to teach fully-online courses. Or it could be a course designed to get new users up and running with the basics in Canvas.
3. Create a new video based on the Canvas Student Orientation or the Canvas Instructor Orientation.This could be a remix of existing video resources or a video you create yourself to introduce new users to Canvas.
4. Post a media clip demonstrating how you can adapt a lesson on the fly. This could be a short video clip showing how you switch gears in a training to address immediate concerns that would keep learners from learning more. It could also be a conversation with colleagues where you demonstrate changing your mind about a lesson plan something based on new evidence.
5. Post a handout or tutorial that you have developed based on an existing Canvas Guide. Some organizations have unique needs and requirements for how Canvas is used. Post a PDF of a Canvas Guide you adapted to meet those local needs.
1. Identify a gap in Instructure's training resources and develop something new. The next time you find a gap in Canvas Guides or our video resources, consider developing a resource to fill that gap. If you wish, post your resource to the Community Created Resources forum.
2. Create a new module or course in Canvas to meet a local training need. Identify a local training need related to Canvas, teaching online, or designing online courses. Create a module or course in Canvas that meets that need for local learners. Link to the course in your ePortfolio. If you wish, post a public-version of your resource to the Community Created Resources forum.
3. Create a new tutorial video based on a local training need. Identify a feature or task in Canvas that is giving your local learners trouble. If no video resources exists, create your own and embed it in your ePortfolio. If you wish, post a public-version of your resource to the Community Created Resources forum.
4. Create a workshop or outreach strategy for your local learners. Post an agenda or training plan you are using to meet the needs of your learners. This can be a 1-page summary document or a detailed, multi-page document.
5. Post a handout that you have developed for your local learners. Some organizations have unique needs related to migration or course design. Post a handout, quick reference guide, or visual aid that you developed to help walk your learners through a critical task in Canvas.
1. Describe in detail how you prepare for a training session. Write a 1-page summary of what you do to prepare for a training session you have already developed. Include all of the small details that you consider to ensure that your training session is a success.
2. Post a video clip of you moving to Plan B when technology or some other variable doesn't work as planned. If you're lucky enough to catch it on video, show how you respond to something breaking during the classroom session. You can also write a short description or post an audio clip describing what happened and how you responded.
3. Post a training plan with contingency plans included. Post the agenda for a training session and whenever possible, describe an alternate plan if you encounter a different group of learners than you expected (i.e. there is only one person that shows up or the learners are bored because you are moving to slow or frustrated because you are moving to slow).
4. Share your favorite training tools. Create a list of the hardware, software, paperware, or otherware that you have relied on when you deliver trainings. Describe when and why these tools are effective.
5. Share a horror story. Describe a time when you came unprepared for a training scenario. Describe how you adjusted and what you did after that to prevent it from happening again.
1. Post a media clip of you connecting with your learners. Take a video or audio clip of the first 5 minutes of a training session. This clip should demonstrate how you relate to and connect with your learners in a short period of time. How do you prepare your learners by helping them to feel safe in the room?
2. Post an example email or announcement that you use to introduce yourself to your learners. Using text, images, and video, post an example of how you connect with learners online, especially at the beginning of a training session or course.
3. Post a media clip of an icebreaker activity. Icebreaker activities don't have to be games. Describe or post a media clip of an interactive activity you use to help learners connect with each other.
4. Identify learner motivations. Describe what preconceived notions, worries, or fears you think your learners are bringing to the training session. How have you addressed those in the first part of your training session?
5. Post a sample follow-up email. Post the text, images, and videos from an email or announcement that you used to conclude a training session experience. What resources or observations did you share? What questions did you answer?