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Vol. 5, No. 1     January 7, 2009    

SkillCast: Darryl Sink, SuperFrames: Combining Job Aids and Performance Based Activities to Increase Transfer
Join Dr. Darryl Sink, on Wednesday, January 14 for SuperFrames: Combining Job Aids and Performance Based Activities to Increase Transfer
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SuperFrames: Combining Job Aids and Performance Based Activities to Increase Transfer
Presenter: Darryl Sink, Ed.D.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1:00PM ET/ 10:00am PST (60 Minute Session)
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Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of combining job aids and activities into a super structure.
  • Increase their repertoire of activity frames and job aids that can be used in combination.
  • Identify an experiential activity you can use with at least one job aid.

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Today's Tip
How a Master Thinks: Performance Before Presentation

Dr. Darryl SinkThis is the first in a series I will be adding to our tips newsletter that highlights how a master thinks when faced with everyday challenges they encounter in learning and performance improvement projects. Each will contain a practical tip you can put to use.

This idea came from Paul Swan, Ph.D. a lead instructional designer for DSA. Paul thinks of performance as the keystone to results oriented instructional design. In a recent technician-training project DSA was asked to revise an existing course to make it more performance based.  After reviewing existing program materials it was determined that more than 85% of the time was spent presenting rather than practicing key tasks necessary to perform the job of technician. Maybe you have faced a similar situation, no matter what the content.

Here is how Paul turned things around:
Paul started by identifying the business drivers for the training and facilitating a task analysis with the content experts; these activities clarified the general course goals and desired results. From the course goals the learning objectives were formulated. As the objectives were formulated a description of how each key objective would be measured was developed.

Now the big idea:
Taking advantage of a contextual parameter; class length had been predetermined at 4.5 days, Paul made a matrix on a white board (see below) showing the 4.5 days and facilitated a session with the content experts to determine what performance based activities would occur through the 4.5 days and how long each would take.

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The secret was that this approached helped the content experts see that the presentation/demonstration parts of the training would need to be short and to the point providing enough time for the performance based authentic activities (i.e. like what they would be doing on the job).

In summary here is the design/development sequence:

  1. Business Needs
  2. Course Goals
  3. Objectives
  4. Measurement of objective
  5. Performance Based Authentic Activities
  6. Presentations/Demonstrations - Last thing to develop rather than the first thing to be developed in the previous version.
Hope you'll give this sequence a try in the near future to create performance base training rather than presentation based training. If you do, please let me know how the process worked for you.

'Til next time.

Darryl
darryl@dsink.com

Article © 2009 Darryl L. Sink & Associates, Inc.

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