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Teaching Technical Topics

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Abstract: 

Most technical programs are perceived by the students as “boring.” There is no subject that is “boring” by its nature; however, even the most “interesting” subject can be boring when not delivered appropriately. Technical training is not just the pouring of data on a seemingly unending supply of slides with the instructor reading the information while the students follow the same charts in front of them — now that IS boring!

Our hands-on workshop deals with effective interaction and relevant skills to make any technical teaching focus on key learning points while students actively learn how to apply the data to their jobs.

This is a “hands-on” course. Each skill is taught and followed by participants’ practice and critique. Participants should expect to prepare for the next day’s class each evening.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain the ability to be able to:

  • Implement the participative lecture method
  • Use a variety of audiovisual teaching aids and equipment to enhance learning
  • Present demonstrations as learning tools
  • Develop properly structured performance objectives
  • Use handouts, text material, workbooks and other written material effectively
  • Use feedback questions to monitor learning

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop is for those who teach technical topics, either full-time or part-time, and is especially beneficial for the technical experts who teach their subjects from time to time.

PREREQUISITE

This course has no prerequisite.

MATERIALS

You will receive a course binder containing a copy of the presentation slides.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

DAY ONE

  • Introduction to the course; a discussion of common failure points of technical teaching and how to avoid them
  • The three stages of learning; how to cause maximum learning and retention of technical information
  • The design and use of questions and practice with various types of opening and feedback questions
  • The use of written materials to enhance the learning process

 

DAY TWO

  • Participant practice; students will deliver practice presentations using techniques learned during Day One
  • The effective use of teaching aids to focus and punctuate technical instruction
  • Lesson planning for technical teaching; how to write learning objectives and prepare a lesson plan to optimize classroom delivery

 

DAY THREE

  • Participant practice; students will deliver practice presentations using techniques learned during the first two days
  • Demonstrations; how to properly plan and perform a demonstration of technical equipment, materials, principles or concepts
  • “Ice breaking” techniques; starting a technical training program in a positive, motivational way
  • Summary and adjourn

 

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