Training and Development
write a three- to four-page, double-spaced, APA sixth-edition–compliant paper that reviews two e-training modules and proposes an alternative based on the principles discussed in Chapters 7 and 8 of your textbook. You may do outside research if you want, but it is not required for this paper.
As you watch the trainings, take notes on the following things you notice or consider.
Who does the audience seem to be for the training?
What type of learner would best learn from this training?
How much learner control do the learners have in this training? How much should they have?
What is the reason this training is being done through technology and not traditionally? Does this seem to be the best method? If not, what method would you have suggested?
Was a positive online learning experience created?
Were learning objectives for the training provided to the trainees before, during, or after the training? If yes, what were they, and were they met? If not, what did they seem to be, and were they met?
How would you rate the quality of the training? Would you recommend this training? Would you pay to take this training if this is your field?
Your paper will analyze two of the trainings and should cover the following concepts. The organization of your paper will be like a report, so please use headings to organize the report. Your boss wants to know if you think these training modules will work for some upcoming training. The training will be for 25 people in your organization, at a cost of $150 per seat, for access for 2 weeks. You will be reporting to your boss as to whether you think your organization should purchase these trainings to use. You will provide a one-page analysis (each) for each of the trainings; and then on your final one to two pages, you will discuss the business case for using these modules (or not using them). This might include the cost-effectiveness of providing these modules as training to your organization, the benefits of using these modules for training, or any downsides and alternatives you recommend to the use of these modules. Based on your best estimate, determine whether you feel the value of the training will be recouped by the organization through a benefit (savings) or whether it will be borne by the organization as a necessary expense. Feel free to supplement your analysis with your own assumed facts. (Be as creative as you want to be.)
Explain the background of one of the training videos, the content, the learning objectives that it would meet, the time frame it will take, and the style of learners it will appeal to.
Provide a brief analysis as to the quality of the training tutorial and whether it seems worth $150 per seat, and provide at least one alternative training method that could be done (and at approximately what cost). Use at least one alternative method of training discussed in Chapter 7. Finally discuss the cost of live-styled traditional training—hiring an expert in the field of the tutorial’s topic—or whether you feel you have in-house experts who could do this training just as well. These alternatives can be summarized and explained briefly.
Write a similar analysis and write-up of the second training video. Where your thoughts are the same as for the first video, you can briefly summarize by saying, “This training is similar to the first module in the areas of . . .” Then move into what is different. Perhaps there are benefits as a result of the two modules being similar; explain these in your paper as well.
Pages 3 and 4
Propose to either use these videos for your training or some alternative method for training. In your proposal, explain to your boss (using professional-style writing) the reasons for your choice. Include the concepts that are covered in Chapters 7 and 8 as reasons for or against the use of the training tutorials or videos or modules or your alternative method you proposed on pages 1 and 2. Provide your final recommendation in your concluding paragraph.
Title Page and Executive Summary
On the front page of the report, use a title page. On page 2, create a brief executive summary (four to five sentences, tops) that provides to your supervisor the topic of your proposal with your final recommendation. Assume that your supervisor may want to use that document to send up the chain as a training recommendation, so include any specific numbers you feel are important in that document. (Note that APA sixth edition does not provide for executive summaries; instead, it discusses abstracts. APA sixth edition is for scholarly publications and not business writing. Because this is a report to your supervisor, title it as an executive summary to get practice in business writing method.)
Your points will be allocated as follows.
Analysis of the training modules
First module: 20 points
Second module: 15 points
Proposal: 20 points
Conclusion and Recommendation: 10 points
Executive summary: 5 points
APA formatting, style, and grammar: 5 points
Your professor will look for signs that you have incorporated the learning concepts from Chapters 7 and 8 into your paper, along with your analysis and description of the training modules. Any math you provide for cost-benefit will be considered beneficial to your recommendations, so definitely include it. Errors in math will be noted by your professor only; points for math errors will not be deducted. Thus, please feel safe in trying your hand at creating some ROI and cost-benefit discussions in this proposal!
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