Sunday, January 8, 2012

Technical Training Basics (ASTD Training Basics) By Sarah Wakefield

Technical Training Basics (ASTD Training Basics)

Technical Training Basics (ASTD Training Basics)
By Sarah Wakefield

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Technical training helps employees perform unique aspects of specialized or skilled work. This book provides specific ideas and strategies to effectively develop technical training from the beginning of the project through the pilot course and post-course review. Readers will learn how to bring together a successful development team, arrange a technical course, gather information, work with subject matter experts, design exercises for highly technical content, and more.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #408299 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-12-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .43" h x 7.59" w x 9.43" l, .81 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 200 pages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent Book on Technical Training
By KMS53
This is a solid book about how to develop technical training with the help of a subject matter expert. It was written in an easy-to-understand format and even had a few funny anecdotes included.
The chapter on working with SMEs was helpful to my situation. I especially liked the parts about preparing SMEs for projects by explaining roles and describing the type of information you need. The book also covered how to best collect information from your SME. I am planning on trying a couple of the strategies - they include things I hadn't thought of before.
Another chapter that sticks out to me is the chapter on common challenges and solutions to technical training development. I liked that solutions were provided (rather than just complaining about the problems). Some of the most helpful topics from this chapter were:
* SMEs disagreeing on content
* Equipment is unavailable for training
* When your technical subject is too complicated
* Determining "nice-to-know" versus "need-to-know" content
* A course that never seems to get finished
* A course that needed to be finished yesterday
* Technology that keeps changing
A lot of books claim to be about technical training, but when you get to reading them, those books are actually non-technical training development books in disguise. This book, I am happy to say, actually does cover those topics specific to technical training.
This book is a good resource.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Finally... A resource perfect for Real Technical Training
By ARK11938
What was most refreshing was this is the first known resource directly focused on the issues encountered when developing Technical (non-Information Tech) Training. The book clearly identified the obstacles associated with developing any training but also identifies those problem areas that are specific to specialized industry training. The book is geared towards non-technical developers, but as an SME myself, I also found helpful information. Besides understanding more of what my non-technical developers were going through (and what they expected of me!), I was able to learn about ways to organize a class and suggestions for how to incorporate interactivity into technical subjects.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Read
Great guide of how to work with people in order to create a training course. I especially like the Star Trek reference.

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