Date of Completion
Open Access Capstone
Master of Education (MEd)
Carol Ann Sharicz
Due to predictable and expected staff turnover, the Nelson lab is in a state of constant training. In order to detect areas in which training improvement efforts would be best spent, a needs assessment consisting of stakeholder interviews and digitally administered lab member surveys was conducted. Analysis of the interview and survey data revealed a number of problems, including a difficult to navigate documentation system and a failure to iteratively improve upon training materials.
The following goal was set forth: Lab members should be able to make incremental improvements to training materials through the capture and integration of feedback into existing training materials.
Provided adequate documentation, instruction, job aids and time allocated to this task, the learner should be able to:
- Explain a feedback loop.
- Review training documentation in order to flag potential weaknesses.
- Capture training feedback during and after training events.
- Evaluate feedback for potential changes.
- Collaborate with subject experts regarding potential changes.
- Integrate updated content into existing training materials.
An engaging 90-minute training intervention was developed and pilot tested. By the end the session, the group had successfully demonstrated proficiency in objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Practicing objective 5 and applying the lessons to existing training materials were discussed, but could not be accomplished in the time allotted. The training intervention was well received, and initial feedback from the pilot group is extremely encouraging.
Holt, Graham Scott, "Closing the Training Feedback Loop in a Research Environment" (2016). Instructional Design Capstones Collection. 17.