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Technical Training Basics

By Sarah Wakefield

Technical Training Basics

How do you train people in a specialized, complex subject area that you don't fully understand yourself?

If you're an experienced trainer, training manager, content designer, curriculum developer, or anyone else who creates courses, Technical Training Basics can help you tackle this challenge head-on.

With this book as your guide, you can understand and navigate the process of creating effective technical training programs in partnership with a subject matter expert.

You'll learn about:

  • differences between technical and non-technical training
  • characteristics of an effective developer and subject matter expert, and how to work together as an effective team
  • how to gather information and arrange content for a highly technical course
  • ways to apply specific tools, equipment and processes in your training
  • the process of managing your project from designing and developing a pilot course through post-course review.

Technical Training Basics provides a complete, ready-to-use tool kit to support your technical training needs, including outlines, worksheets, exercises, checklists, a sample PowerPoint presentation, and evaluation forms. You'll have a wealth of ideas, tips, and strategies to assist you in organizing technical content, avoiding the pitfalls of dealing with a topic outside your own area of expertise, and becoming a successful trainer in any technical subject.

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Sarah Wakefield
Sarah Wakefield is a technical training supervisor for Schlumberger Limited in Houston. Her primary responsibility is managing the design and development of technical training courses for audiences in locations such as the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Russia, China, and North Africa. Before this, Sarah worked as a curriculum designer for various organizations. Sarah also was an instructor of communication, writing, and life success courses at Ivy Tech State College and at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sarah holds a master's degree in communication from Purdue, as well as a bachelor's degree from Purdue with a double major in professional writing and psychology.

Reviews

Sarah Wakefield's Technical Training Basics describes the complex—and often frustrating—task of creating technical training with humor and clarity. She details the process, from initial analysis through post-course evaluation, in a comprehensive how-to guide that will be valuable to anyone involved in technical training development.
Donna Livaudais
Graphic Designer
EMPLOYEE connect
I like this book because it doesn't require the reader to have an extensive background in technical training. It's a wonderful resource for both a new technical course developer and for those seasoned developers who need to get back to the basics.
Katrina Pigusch
Technical Writer
Schlumberger
Technical Training Basics should be required reading not just for developers, but also for their supervisors and the subject matter experts they work with to help them understand effective communication skills and basic adult learning techniques. Developers will find a well-conceived manual full of examples, worksheets, scenarios, and advice written in a clear and engaging voice.
Linda Collins Haynes
Continuing Lecturer and the Assistant Director of Introductory Composition
Purdue University
Finally, a training tool that takes development of technical training from beginning to end. Technical Training Basics will help you properly develop your training classes so you can reach out to your audience with courses that produce technically relevant material without putting them to sleep with endless lectures.
Tommy Kirkpatrick
Sr. Manager Engineering Technical Service
Schlumberger

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Book Details

ISBN: 978-1-56286-7

Pages: 275

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: June 2011

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111112