Thursday, October 13, 2005

Twenty Technology Training Tips

One of my favorite blogs is Tame the Web (written by library training-guru Michael Stephens). I'm guessing that many of you already read that blog, but just in case you don't, I want to point you to his post from Oct 11th.

Stephens and Rob Coers presented at Internet Librarian International and even though it's not quite the same as being there (in London!!), they have made the handout from their session available, Twenty Technology Training Tips from Two Trainers, (64-page PDF!). It contains a lot of screen shots, so don't let the length keep you from checking it out. It's a quick read with some great resources and advice.

One item mentioned in the handout is Keller's ARCS model of motivation, which can be a useful model to keep in mind when planning and delivering training.

ARCS stands for...
A = attention - grab the participant's attention
R = relevance - help participants see the relevance of the topic to their work or life
C = confidence - create opportunities for the participants to build their confidence regarding the topic
S = satisfaction - participants should leave the training session feeling SATISFIED - they should feel like they have accomplished something

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Library Instruction Wiki

You know the phrase “kill two birds with one stone”? Well, welcome to the Library Instruction Wiki, a “collaboratively developed resource for librarians involved with or interested in instruction.” Not only can you contribute your ideas and practices, but you can access a multitude of library instruction information contributed by other “librarians with class.” Pretty nifty.

Some areas of interest include:
~ Handouts, tutorials, and other resources to share
~Teaching techniques, tips and tricks
~Bibliography/selected reading

I don’t know about some of you, but as the description of this wiki suggest, let’s not reinvent the wheel. It’s absolutely fabulous when you have the time and energy – and resources – to create new curricula (my hats off to you overachievers out there!), but let’s be honest, most of us are trying to stay afloat in our positions by doing twenty things at once. Currently I conduct technology training, coordinate ALL staff development training, plus keep up with the normal every day rigmarole: meetings, email, administrative crap, more meetings. Knowing that I can easily access selected readings created from the input of numerous trainers not only fascinates me, but it makes me really, really happy.

Check it out folks. And stop reinventing the wheel!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Creating Passionate Users

The Creating Passionate Users blog is maintained by various authors of Head First O'Reilly Guides. They've got a great feel for how people learn about technology and although the focus is not on a library context, I think there's a lot here that can be useful. They espouse a highly interactive training philosophy, with an emphasis on being learner centered. Blog entry content ranges from overviews of psychological concepts to tips for energizing a class.

Sample posts: