Tip #479: Is “Spaced” Education an Effective Training Approach?

On August 5, 2013, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #479: Is “Spaced” Education an Effective Training Approach?

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

Harvard Medical School has created an online platform, QStream.com, to deliver web-based health education courses in developing countries. The content is accessible via computer, laptop and mobile phone. The intention is a good one- to find a faster, more efficient, and less resource-dependent way to teach health workers in remote locations.

The approach is called “spaced” education and is entirely comprised of multiple-choice questions. Once a participant answers a question, the website provides a brief explanation of the correct and incorrect answers. It claims to deliver the questions to participants in an adaptive format and to reinforce those topics in which the participant … Read the rest

Tip #334: The Three Questions You Need to Answer If You Want an Effective Training Program

On August 2, 2010, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #334: The Three Questions You Need to Answer If You Want an Effective Training Program

“Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” Robert Half

When supervisors and program managers send out requests for training programs, they often describe the training they seek in very general terms. They will tell a training provider that they would like a program on customer service, stress management, meeting management, conflict management, or team building, etc.

They can be initially satisfied when a training provider offers a pre-designed “off-the-shelf” program. The two greatest benefits of pre-packaged programs are the facts that they save clients both time and effort. These training programs are easy to find, easy to schedule, and easy to deliver. There is no fuss, no muss, and no deep thinking required on … Read the rest