This is a complete guide to selecting and using training material for your training courses in 2021.
Let’s dive right in.
Chapter 1: What To Consider When Choosing Material
There are many things to consider when selecting appropriate training material for your training sessions.
The trainer must first and foremost choose materials that are in keeping with the aim of the training session.
The trainer must uncover what resources and materials are available such as flip-chart, projectors etc. The trainer must then consider which of these best suit the achievement of the learning objectives of the course. We will explore this in more detail later.
Some activities may be culturally sensitive and the trainer should recognize this diversity when planning the session.
Checking the literacy and numeracy skills of participants is also very important. Does any individual have a physical or intellectual disability?
Materials and exercises should be tested before the training event to ensure that the trainer is familiar with them before using them within the session. The trainer should also establish the level of experience that the group has with the subject material.
Chapter 2: Sources Of Training Material Online
Here is a quick list of some of the top training course material on the internet today. We provide this list for your convenience.
Oak Innovation – Oak Innovation provides customizable training material for trainers to present their own training courses. Full courses can be ordered for $70.00 each.
Trainer Bubble – Training course materials that you can use to run your own training course. Everything you could need to run training courses in the classroom or online. Prices start at approximately $150.00 each.
Symonds Research – Off-the-shelf training materials packages for freelance and corporate business trainers. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $179.00 each.
TrainingCourseMaterial.com – They provide innovative training material course packages to deliver professional soft skills business and workplace skills training courses that you can instantly download and use to train others. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $199.00 each.
Training Wizard – Training Wizard provides training kits designed for trainers, managers and HR. Instantly download high-quality training materials that you can customise and deliver as your own. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $300.00 + vat each.
Velsoft – White-label courseware you can customize. Easily customize the course material to meet your organization’s training needs. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $495.00 each.
Corporate Training Materials – Professional training materials are the cornerstone of all business training and development activities. These classroom-ready workshop materials will save trainers hundreds of hours of preparation, and ensure a polished impression for new and seasoned trainers alike. Prices start at approximately $499.00 each.
Courseware.com – Over 100 Print-On-Demand courseware kits ready to teach one-day workshops. Ordering is fast and easy & your digital copy is instantly available! Simply download, print, and you are ready to train. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $499.00 each.
Hrdqstore.com – The HRDQ Reproducible Training Library includes a full range of customizable training materials for virtual and classroom instructor-led training. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $599.00 each.
Total Success Training – Training Materials and Packs produce a range of training materials and packs which will suit your requirements. Every pack contains a full set of PowerPoint training slides, trainer’s notes, a course manual, and a full set of handouts and activities. Full courses can be ordered for approximately $1,370.00 + vat each.
Chapter 3: Training Methods That Work Well With Training Groups
Experienced trainers will tell you that one of the basic Methods For Working Successfully With Training Groups. They will also talk about the need to achieve the right balance between the training content and the training process. We all know also from personal experience that participants take on-board knowledge better if they are actively involved in the learning process.
The trainer must determine quickly when facts should be presented, and when to use methods for help participants to apply the facts and think them over. Below is some advice based on our experiences. However, we encourage you to adapt your methods to meet each unique need/situation.
Opportunities: A lecture-type format allows you to: (a) present factual material in a consistent and logical way (b) convey a large volume of detailed information (c) generate greater discussion on a problem and (d) involve a large audience.
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training method that includes (a) One-way communication and passivity of the audience involved
(b) majority of the responsibility for results lies with the trainer (c) challenge to evaluate the effectiveness of the training process
Small group exercises
Opportunities: A basic method that can greatly benefit training outcomes. The method facilitates (a) effective communication and cooperation between participants while learning new skills and obtaining knowledge (b) allows all to benefit from sharing of learning/experience between participants (c) sharing of responsibility for the training process between trainer and trainees
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training method that emanate from
(a) arranging participants into groups (b) time to prepare some types of group work.
Purpose: Knowledge, skills, development of projects, search for the solution to a problem, etc.
Opportunities: A more structured approach that allows (a) reconstruction of problematic situations (b) sharing awareness of other roles and (c) developing an ability to analyze the decisions are made and why, etc.
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training method of having to spend a lot of time for development and preparation of a role play. The method more suitable for small groups only (c) can be a challenge to evaluate after the training
Purpose: Skills, social action, attitude
Opportunities: An important method that can greatly benefit training outcomes. In particular,
(a) trainees get more actively involved in the training process (b) feedback is generally immediate which can set the flow and direction of the training (c) trainees can learn on their own by listening and interacting and
(d) a trainer can move easily between various methods to meet the needs of the group and source material
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training including (a) need to spend a lot of preparation time (b) some participants will dominate discussions/time allocation
Purpose: Knowledge, exchange of opinions, and experience
Opportunities: An important method that can greatly benefit training outcomes. In particular, (a) to develop competencies to analyze, ask relevant questions, develop decisions and explain perspectives (b) improve trainees communication skills (c) to see situations from several different positions and explore how decisions are taken
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training including (a) need to spend a lot of time developing the case studies (b) possible conflict situations could be uncovered
Purpose: Application of knowledge and skills e.g., problem-solving.
Opportunities: An important method that can greatly benefit training outcomes. In particular,
(a) open creative ways of approaching problems (b) collect many ideas over a short period of time
Weaknesses: there are a number of difficulties with this training including (a) trainees may get distracted (b) if not facilitated correctly it can raise areas of conflict (c) some participants will dominate discussions/time allocation.
Purpose: Development of ideas, knowledge, attitude.
Audiovisual materials (movies, slides, etc.)
Opportunities: Permits you to a) bring in detail into the training process, and stimulate questions; b) focus attention on the audience, and c) work with large groups.
Weaknesses: There are a number of difficulties with this training including (a) the possibility of focusing on technology, transitions, gimmicks than the training content
Purpose: Attitude, knowledge, participation, interaction
Chapter 4: Online Tools You Can Use
Here is a quick list of some of the online tools that you can use after selecting training material for your sessions. Please note we are not affiliated with any of these providers and the list is provided for your convenience.
Keynote – Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations and comes included with most Apple devices.
Prezi – Unlike screen sharing, Prezi Video lets you interact with your visuals on screen.
LinkedIn SlideShare – Share what you know and love through presentations, infographics, documents, and more
Zoho Show – Bring your team to a secure and collaborative workspace where everything is available to everyone in real-time. Create, collaborate, and get work done, securely.
FlowVella – Blow your audience away in one interactive presentation experience.
LibreOffice Impress – LibreOffice is a free and powerful office suite and a successor to OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice). Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.
Ludus – collaborative presentations for creative teams.The presentation tool that combines creativity with simplicity… and a bit of magic.
PowToon – Powtoon is the visual communication platform that gives you the freedom to create professional and fully customized videos your audience will love.
Speaker Deck – Turning your decks into beautiful online experiences can be a pain.
Visme – Create visual brand experiences for your business whether you are a seasoned designer or a total novice.
WPS Presentation – free and complete office suite
authorSTREAM – the best way to share presentations on the web
Genially – Create presentations, infographics, and other stunning content by yourself or with your team.
Canva – With thousands of professional templates, images, and quality content to choose from, get a headstart on bringing your best ideas and work to life.
Beautiful.ai – It’s an expert deck designer, so you don’t have to be. Make your business look brilliant, keep your team forever on brand, and save hours on pitches you’re actually proud of.
Ahaslides – Make interactive presentations for awestruck audiences. The perfect tool for lessons, training, meetings, and quizzes.
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