May 1, 2012

Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Written by  Russell Bowen

There is a saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.  It is often difficult for an experienced professional to learn new ideas and methods.  We get used to the way we’ve always done things and we’ve had success with our methods.  Why would we want to change?  Learning new methods takes a lot of work and there’s no guarantee new methods will be any better.

I like to consider myself an experienced instructor.  After all, I’ve been teaching CIH and ASP/CSP Exam Review courses since 2004.  I've received good reviews and most of our clients are successful with their exams.

Well, I recently attended a three-day instructional design course in Atlanta.  My intention was to strengthen our application to the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  I was skeptical on how much I would actually learn.

I am happy to report that the course was a success.  I learned a lot and I plan to implement some of the changes immediately.  One change is related to the amount of time between breaks.  I already knew that there is a limited amount of information that can be learned in a short period of time, but I pretty much ignored this rule in the past.  I felt that the amount of information needed to be reviewed justified the intense lectures.  I can’t change the course dramatically without significantly increasing the length.  However, I will start adding a 5 minute break into each 2 hour online lecture.  It may not be ideal, but it will certainly help.

Another change will be the addition of a timer to each lecture.  This can be helpful in making sure we have enough time to review all of the material. 

There are many other changes that I will be implementing in the coming months.  I’ve always felt that our training was pretty good.  Now, I believe we can take our training to the next level with significant improvements.  I am very excited for the future.

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