Good Teaching Matters: five teaching practices to improve the quality of a training course

Earlier this year, Dr. Barbara Martin, a former professor of educational technology and educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida and at Kent State University, wrote a five-part series for the IREC website on important teaching practices that can improve the quality of a training course. We received so many positive comments on the series we thought we’d pull them together into one document for you.

Dr. Martin, who specializes in instructional design (ISD), criterion-referenced testing, evaluation strategies, distance education, and instructional theory, is one of the best in the business.  Her articles on ISD and educational technology (including a book on designing instruction for affective behaviors) are relevant for today’s instructional design for renewable energy and energy efficiency curriculum developers.

Those five practices include:

  • know your students;
  • write learning objectives;
  • include practice and feedback in the training;
  • create simple Power Point slides; and
  • design test and evaluation measures that promote transfer.

Here, in its entirely, is Good Teaching Matters: five teaching practices to improve the quality of a training course.  Whether you’re an educator or a student, you’ll find Martin’s work important and useful in your work.  Let us know what you think.

 

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