Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 23 March 2011 - 1:46pm
Listening to a lecture isn't the best way for anyone to learn. So how can you add some zip to your technology training? If your participants are actively involved, they will learn more and (even better!) they are more apt to retain what they've learned. Let them do it!
Here are engaging training delivery methods to incorporate into your training:
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 15 March 2011 - 11:20am
There is a great blog post on techsoup.org that very thoroughly discusses all the different online survey tools that are available, including free, low-cost and advanced options. I've used online survey tools for training programs, both for annual continuing education assessments and for individual workshops. When evaluating the success of any type of program, it can help to get responses from participants quickly and easily compiled. Which of these tools do you find helpful?
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 9 February 2011 - 3:13pm
We had amazing engagement from everyone involved in our webinar today, Designing and Delivering Technology Workshops. Some participants asked if we'd share more about our favorite activities to increase learning and rentention. We are going to do a couple of blog posts around this topic, since we have a lot of ideas! Share yours in the comments and we will incorporate them into our next blog post.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 6 February 2011 - 9:51am
These excellent examples of library training programs can help you design innovative workshops and plan for training. Some of these were devised for staff training purposes but could be easily adapted for public training, or vice versa. If you need specific lesson plans, handouts, or PowerPoints, read this post for library and nonprofit websites that share their materials for free. If your library has a technology training program or if you know of other great examples, please share in the comments.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 28 January 2011 - 9:41am
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 20 January 2011 - 1:22pm
Successful technology training has less to do with technical knowledge than with other abilities such as communication skills, patience, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and empathy towards learners struggling with new technologies. It is more useful to know how to train than to just have technical expertise. Keeping it simple and relevant is often the most important thing you can do.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 7 September 2010 - 9:01am
WebJunction is taking a giant leap forward for library trainers across the country, by developing a truly valuable collection of library technology training resources and assets. These materials will be free to download and reuse, which will help reduce your library’s burden of developing and finding training materials. I'm so excited to be working with WebJunction on this project. It is actually a dream come true for me.
Submitted by Chris Peters on 9 June 2010 - 11:14am
It seems sometimes like the best web sites for technology trainers
change location every hour. I have trouble locating sites that are
persistent and reliable with regular updates and new content. This is a
shame, because technology trainers in schools, libraries and community
technology centers don’t have time to recreate the wheel every time
they teach Introduction to Microsoft Word, when hundreds of colleagues
around the world have already written that lesson plan.
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 23 November 2009 - 12:00pm
Submitted by Stephanie Gerding on 14 December 2008 - 2:44pm
We'd love for you to join us online this week for the last two MaintainIT webinars in 2008!
Remote Desktop Software: A MaintainIT Book Club Discussion
When: 12/16/2008 11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific
Duration: One hour
Description: Every month, MaintainIT hosts an online book club discussion. We select a chapter from one of the free Cookbooks, invite people to read it, and then meet to discuss. December's Book Club Topic is: Remote Desktop Software.