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How to Write and Prepare Training Materials

ISBN-10: 0749437235

ISBN-13: 9780749437237

Edition: 2nd 2002

Authors: Nancy Stimson

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This handbook is packed with highly practical advice to help trainers ensure their training materials are as effective as possible. Clearly explaining the essential techniques to employ when writing and preparing all types of training materials - whether handouts, reports, structured courses or material for use online - the book gives proven tips for improvement. Covering all aspects of the written word relating to training, the book covers: Manuals, Forms and Questionnaires, Course Notes and Handouts: Course Visuals: Self-learning Texts, Reports, Memos and Minutes, Tables and Charts and also has helpful information on copyright issues, data protection implications, editing and punctuation.
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Book details

List price: $42.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Kogan Page, Limited
Publication date: 1/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Hazel Dakers is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). She managed the development of Information and Library Services NVQs and later, as a consultant and External Verifier, assisted organizations in introducing them. Her enthusiasm for NVQs led her to study for an MSc in Training. Now on the staff of the British Library, her most recent project has been to pilot the introduction of Electronic Records and Document Management (ERDM).Nancy Stimson is an experienced training and HR professional who has worked both as a freelance consultant and as a training and HR manager for various blue-chip organizations. Books she has written include Coaching Your Employees and How to Write and Prepare Training Materials (both published by Kogan Page).

Preface
Introduction
Writing Basics
Writing to be Read
Summary
Writers need to be read
Readers and objectives
Planning
Structure
Choosing your Words
Summary
Writer's block
Finding the 'right' word
KISS
Useful guidelines
FOG Index
Presenting your Material
Summary
How much does presentation matter?
Considerations for your presentation
Numerical information
PC presentation
Editing and Revision
Summary
First review level
ABC
What Trainers Write
Job Descriptions, Performance Standards, Performance Objectives and Competency Descriptions
Summary
Job descriptions
Performance standards
Performance objectives
Competency descriptions
Procedures, Job Aids and Manuals
Summary
Procedures
Job aids
Manuals
Forms and Questionnaires
Summary
Forms
Questionnaires
Attitude surveys
Tests
Course Notes
Summary
Joining instructions
Trainer's notes
Trainer's review of the course
Course Visuals
Summary
KISS (Keep it short and simple)
PUP (Please use pictures)
Use colour
Overhead transparencies
PC slides
35mm slides
Other visual aids
Course Handouts
Summary
Ready-made handouts
Do-it-yourself
Combination approach
Course Exercises
Summary
Are exercises the easy option?
Identify objective
Outline problem
Devise solution
Prepare instructions
Dry-run exercise
Types of exercises
Self-learning Texts
Summary
What are self-learning texts?
Why should you write self-learning texts?
Features of self-learning texts
Computer-based self-learning materials
Dry-running the material
Web Sites
Summary
Why bother about a Web site?
What to include
Planning the site structure
Drafting the content
E-learning programmes
Course-booking and record-keeping systems
Maintaining your site
Reports, Letters, Memos, E-mails and Minutes
Summary
Reports
Letters
Memos
E-mails
Minutes
Standard templates
For Reference... and Interest
Source Material
Summary
Sources
People
Paper
Information on the Internet
Legalities
Summary
Disclaimer
What is copyright?
What works are protected by copyright?
What can you not do?
Exceptions
Permission to copy or publish
Data protection
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Summary
'Grammar is bunk'--but is it?
Grammar--points to consider
Does punctuation matter?
Spelling rules
US spellings
Conclusion
Tables and Charts
Summary
Tables
Line graphs
Bar and column charts
Pie charts
Organization charts
Flowcharts
Decision trees
Chart packages
Using Technology
Summary
Word processing
Spreadsheet packages
Presentation packages
DTP
Graphics and picture editing packages
Computer networks
Further Reading
Useful Web Sites
Information Services
Index