Date of Completion

Spring 5-2-2016

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz


The Massachusetts Harbormaster Training Council (HTC) was looking to create training programs specifically for Massachusetts harbormasters. The HTC received a grant to create the training programs and began working with the Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) to coordinate the project. The UHI reached out to the Instructional Design program at UMASS Boston for assistance. The Instructional Design program contacted students looking to complete their Capstone projects to see if they were interested in creating training programs for the HTC as part of their Capstone project. Three students were selected to create the training programs as part of their Capstone and one student was selected to create the evaluations as part of his coursework in another class.

The HTC requested a training program on Laws Pertaining to Harbormasters and I was assigned to create the training. Other training programs were created by the other students. A needs assessment was conducted to determine what training was needed. The stakeholders determined that this class would be created for a classroom setting.

The training program was created with a PowerPoint presentation being used to guide the training and ensure that all instructors covered the same material. An Instructor Guide was also created to guide the instructors through the training program and ensure that each instructor covered all the required material. Practical exercises are part of the training program where the students can apply what they learned while still under the direction of the instructor. The practical exercises are designed to allow the students to take the knowledge they gained in the classroom and apply it to a simulated real-world scenario.