Jornada de Competencias [Day of Competencies] ibstpi conference

Facilitating at the Jornada de competencias

What I like about working with a team of PhD`s and experts in the field of training standardization, competency modeling, instructional design, training management, and performance measurement is their ability to switch gears mid-sentence to accommodate various complex discussion topics, come back to original thought, provide intellectually stimulating responses and concurrently multi-task along the way. We were able to identify next steps for our ibstpi Online Learner Competencies study that I was part of uncovering, identifying, writing about. translate.gif
At our conference, we discussed about our findings as well as walked through exercises one may need to take when implementing models and references like the ibstpi competencies in one’s workplace.

A new layer of complexity was added to the mix when we taught sessions in Spanish. Thank goodness for four years of college Castillan and I was able to understand although my responses to learner questions were in English or translated by my traductor Edward . Prior to this session, I had last minute updates to my PowerPoint slides which were in Spanish and interestingly enough, Google`s translator doesn`t do as good a job as Alta Vista`s Babelfish translator. Good thing I tried both translators and crossed referenced the responses to a native speaker and I was told that 2:1 Babelfish is the better choice.

altavista.gif With a panoply of competency related presentations from instructional design to evaluator, it was important that we provide a tematica comun in enabling our participants with an opportunity to try out how they can apply the competencies in their workplace. My presentations aren’t just show and tell nor are they just lectures but almost always need active participation from the learners and I’m glad that in my sessions there was involvement within the group.

Whenever I am facilitating a session, I have what I call an internal laugh meter that allows me a snapshot of the ”at that moment” feedback of whether my learners are still ”present” and are continuing to join me in the learning journey. I’m pretty sure most instructors may be doing the same thing but may not always be aware of. In as much as we measure feedback of our learners at the end of our sessions, we need to constantly get feedback throughout our sessions to be able to address adjustments, change exercises and simulations and provide additional information and context to the topic we are presenting. At least that’s how I run my sessions. Do you agree?

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