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.