Title Modular teaching and learning offers for contemporary and needed further education
Project Number D/04/B/F/PP-146 157
Product Training Manual: MICROTEACHING Effective transfer of knowledge for Sustainable Technological Innovation
Title Training Manual: MICROTEACHING Effective transfer of knowledge for Sustainable Technological Innovation
Product Type modules
In this manual for managers you will find an explanation of the approach and an example of a series of sessions offered.
Microteaching offers a great opportunity to positively influence the companies learning culture, but the approach needs to be marketed as such. The learner needs to understand why his or her contribution is of great value, while the teacher needs to be aware that good preparation (and therefore time) is crucial.
Focus of the ‘train the trainer’ needs to be on:
1.Becoming familiar with the approach and formats involved
2.Increasing trainer skills and the use of activating learning activities.
Target group People whose presence in the workplace is of vital importance to keep the primary process running.
The credibility of the trainer is an important issue. Microteaching is about human skills. A starting point in the Microteaching project in the Netherlands was to use and explore the knowledge that was available in the company. The approach is easy to apply, but to transfer this content into the Microteaching format requires some experience, which most people do not have. The (internal) trainers need to be trained, to become familiar with the approach. Over time we discovered that the skills of the trainer are crucial to the success of the approach. To improve the skills of the trainers we organised ‘train the trainer’ sessions.
Time needed for preparation The time needed to prepare a 15 minute session should not to be underestimated. A 15 minute microteaching session may take (in the beginning) three hours of preparation time. This can quickly be reduced when the trainer gaines experience in using the formats and learning activities. Enough preparation time for the sessions is crucial to make Microteaching successful.
Management of expectations
Although Microteaching supports the renewal of the learning culture, it doesn’t solve all learning-related problems. Microteaching seems to contribute to cultural change and change of behaviour, which are needed on the way towards sustainable technological innovation but difficult to reach. It requires a long term approach. The value of a different approach is not immediately evident for all stakeholders and need to be nurtured by using good results and achievements as examples of good practice.
Area of application
Managers who want to share knowledge and expertise with their employees.
Transfer of knowledge to those with a basic knowledge that needs to be refreshed or improved in combination with an urgent learning need.
Companies who want to have a practical apporach on improving the level of knowledge of Sustainable Technological Innovation or other topics.