Developing Training Field Manual

The world is changing and so is the world of learning and development. This 'wiki' is intended to be a ‘field-book’ or ‘manual’ for trainers who are supporting changing organisations into the future. This document is not a how-to manual although such insights may be in evidence. Rather, it provides the next generation with ideas and approaches to their own practice drawn from the inquiry of others .

It is a participative space where ICTI members can chip in with their own perspective, suggest areas and topics to be added or correct errors and update with more recent ideas and practice.

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The trainer's skills as a trainer are often seen in terms of their training skills plus their knowledge and skill as a Subject Matter Expert.

The training skills may have developed through experience, formal training and education or mentoring and coaching. ICTI's Training of Trainers and Certificate in Training would be an example of a formal training scheme.

The Subject Matter Expert will have developed their knowledge and skills through practical experience or formal education. Someone with good knowledge of a particular subject may, nonetheless, not be skilled as a trainer. Clearly many an excellent trainer knows very little about subjects outside their own field of expertise.

Despite this there are a number of areas that trainers may find it useful to gain knowledge and skill in order to be more effective in.

First Aid [edit]

It is our opinion that all trainers should have basic skills in First Aid. Apart from a responsibility for the care of course participants it is possible that you could save a life by gaining some emergency care skills.

Trainers have been known to deal with serious wounds, collapses needing attention from a doctor as well as simple fainting, animal bites, serious bleeding, as well as identify participants suffering from diabetes and dealing with patients suffering from hypoglycaemia.

Receiving training in first aid is generally easy, relatively inexpensive and enjoyable.

All training venues should maintain a basic first aid kit containing dressings and sterile gloves.

Video Editing [edit]

We work in a world which expects high quality, interactive media to support learning and development.

As a result trainers often find themselves producing resource material and can spend significant time ensuring that it is of the highest quality.

The increasing use of video in particular as well as audio means that trainers may find themselves as audio or video producers even though that may not be a field that they have trained in.

There is a range of software that is available to help you.

Remember that you should not just download material from the Internet without having permission to reuse it.  A lot of video content stored in services such as YouTube is available for your use but you should be careful to check. Using this at home for your own enjoyment is different to downloading it and using it for your work.

If you find a video that you believe is free for you to use then you may find the KeepVideo website is useful for capturing a video that someone else has created.

Even so, you may want to develop your skills and create simple video material using a video camera or even a smartphone camera.

Whatever, you will want to learn how to edit the video into a simple final programme. This may mean something as simple as topping and tailing the video you are using so that it starts and finishes where you wish. Or you might assemble something more sophisticated.

There are many different software packages available to help you with editing video recordings. It rather depends upon whether you are working on a mobile device or a PC and then which operating system you use - Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS. The software we use is:

Adobe Premiere (on Windows and Mac PCs), AndroMedia (on Android) or iMovie (for iOS).

Feel free to add your suggestions to this list.

Audio Editing

For audio production and editing we:

Adobe Audition (on Windows and Mac PCs) and WavePad from NCH (on Android and iOS tablets). There are many other options available. Add your suggestions to the list if you wish.

A note about mobile devices. It is possible to edit video and audio files on smartphones and tablets. Our experience, however, is that editing on small smartphones can be awkward - especially if you have larger fingers. So although it can be done we don't recommend editing on devices smaller than tablet computers. You may feel differently. Feel free to say so...

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