Fine Tuning Your Training

Fine Tuning Your Training
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-05-02
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Fine Tuning Your Training
Unit 2 Workbook: Fine Tuning Your Training
Unit 3 Recording: Fine Tuning Your Training

Teachers are probably one of the world’s most important human resource – they are the ones who lay the foundations of society by honing skilled and educated individuals. Teachers and trainers are given such critical responsibility and as such must update and tweak their techniques to remain effective in their jobs.

To lead this course is one of Justice Clearinghouse’s regular resource speakers, Dr. Jeffrey Fox. He’s served for almost 3 decades in the criminal justice field in various roles, and for 20 years, teaching in criminal justice academies on topics related to leadership, ethics, instructor development, homeland security, and emergency preparedness.

On this webinar, Dr. Fox unpacks some of the key points of his book The Ultimate Guide to Excellent Teaching and Training. Specifics discussed include:

  • The internal and external reasons for teaching.
  • Components of training that must ensure applicability to the job, that the teachers/trainers are qualified to teach, records and other pertinent documents are kept, and valid performance standards and measures are in place.
  • Factors to consider in relation to ethics in training and liability.
  • Required characteristics in teaching and training that leaves a lasting impact including:
    • Honesty, firmness, and fairness.
    • Action-centered training, instructing and educating.
    • Ability to reinforce proper behavior, ethics, and values.
    • Proactive and positive thought and action.
    • Lifelike and realistic.
    • Continuous and holistic.
  • The three domains of learning – cognitive, psychomotor, and affective/attitudinal.
  • The importance of putting into place performance- and contextual-based training that utilizes realistic simulations and coaching that expands comfort zones and promotes critical thinking.
  • The brain-based nature of training that activates conscious and unconscious processes, involves focused attention and peripheral perception, and engages the whole physiology.
  • The importance of training in creating innovative options and new services, stimulating creativity and implementing change, and focusing on the customer.
  • The channels of learning based on the senses, and the retention statistics of different levels of engagement.
  • Using interpersonal pronouns to empower the individual and the team.
  • Principles of learning that stress the importance of respect, collaboration and interaction, experience, problem-posing and problem-solving, managing expectations, correcting and learning from mistakes, and the variability of the learning curve.
  • A look into the students and some of the issues they may struggle with which may affect learning.
  • The qualities of a good instructor and other traits, props, and strategies that trainers may equip themselves with to enhance teaching/training effectiveness.
  • An overview on course development that highlights:
    • Setting training objectives that serve as the blueprint of the course.
    • The syllabus as the contract with the student on what they are expected to learn.
    • Integrating the course into the larger program.
    • Performance and competency-based training as a systematic approach.
  • Field training, mentoring and coaching principles that include:
    • The effect of the self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to expectations and outcomes.
    • Practicing respect and patience.
    • The ability to learn from both good and bad experiences.
    • The importance of feedback.
  • Managing teaching that looks into ensuring safety, observing training objectives, maintaining standards and performance, safeguarding the confidentiality of grades, and maintaining personal and organizational credibility by never allowing cheating to happen.
  • Factors to consider when deliberating online learning as a training modality.
  • During the Q&A, the webinar attendees raised their questions related to:
    • Instructors that use profanity.
    • Keeping course documents and training logs for future reference.
    • Process for re-testing those who failed exams.
    • Handling a teaching partner that tend to go off on a tangent.
    • Customizing training content based on the audience.
    • Using the Clifton Strengths Finder Test.
    • Setting the tone prior to a class to maximize learning.

Resources Mentioned During Webinar:

 

Audience Comments: 

  • “Dr. Fox is a great instructor. He used scenarios that I could relate to.” –Yvette
  • “Every aspect of [this was relevant.] I have been training for 6 years now, and everything spoken on was relevant.” –Michelle
  • “I’ve been a law enforcement instructor since 1992. I learned more in this one hour from Dr. Fox on how to be a more professional instructor than all the instructor classes I’ve taken in the past.” –Calvin
  • “I give presentations regarding crime statistics and some of the lessons about teaching could be applied to presentations.” –Ken
  • “I really appreciate Jeff’s direct style and approach. I also enjoyed how he emphasized preparation, being upfront about expectations and also the Pre-Test and Post-Test recommendations were very helpful. He’s a great instructor.” –Jill
  • “Pre and post-testing had not occurred to me before even though I have experienced them in some other classes as a student. I am considering changing portions of my lesson plan to incorporate more of the show and tell prior to having staff do.” –Bernadette
  • “[The webinar] reminded me how to be “human” and down to earth. Dr. Fox was funny and honest, thus super engaging. You don’t know what you don’t know, and I learned a lot from him today. thank you!!!” –Frank
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