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What makes a training program excellent? How might the optimal delivery method be chosen? How are we, as diverse participants, engaged and inspired to learn at our best?
With advancing technologies and an increasing focus on work-place learning, more and more decisions need to be made about training design and delivery, and it is helpful to consider these and other questions before designing and delivering a training.
This guide is designed for those involved in the development of these programs, including content owners, course developers, sponsors and others. It is not a decision-tree, but rather a practical resource to assist in making training decisions. Indeed, there is usually no single "right" answer that enables programs to be both cost effective and highly effective for participant learning.
We would like to add that nothing can replace the wonderful human elements that truly allow for authentic learning. At its best, learning involves excitement, enjoyment, and a diversity of interests. We hope you will find this guide useful in the many details of your planning, and that you will also infuse your programs with the vibrant, magical energy of joyful learning.
This tool was co-developed in 2008 by Jeannette Gerzon and Kathryn T. (Kate) Kibbee for the MIT Training Alignment Team.*
The choice of delivery methods addressed in this tool was based on definitions and criteria used in the MIT Training Delivery Methods Survey. While more methods exist than are addressed here in this guide, we chose those that are primarily used at MIT at this time. In the future, more methods may be added.
We want to acknowledge and reference the work of Jay Bahlis and the ADVISOR Enterprise regarding background materials that were considered in this site. For more information about this work and a highly practical, detailed decision-making tool with regard to choice of delivery methods, please go to http://www.bnhexpertsoft.com/english/products/advent/overview.htm.
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For more about MIT staff responses and a survey on training delivery methods, please go to http://web.mit.edu/training/trainers/survey.html.
* This project was reviewed by the Training Alignment Team and input was provided that was used in developing this tool.
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