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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Instructional Skills distance learning course.

  • Learn the essential skills for instructing and training staff.
  • Train staff on the job.
  • Study this course in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Study with highly experienced tutors.


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Instructional Skills - Professional Development course: train and teach staff on the job.

  • Become an excellent instructor and trainer!
  • People need to learn new things, every day at work, and their managers and supervisors need to know how to teach them.
  • Understand how people learn, and you have a foundation for helping them learn.
    Improve your ability to instruct and you improve your capacity to get jobs done in the workplace.
  • Course Duration: 100 hours of self-paced study.

Suitable for -

  • Instructional Skills is an ideal course for anyone who needs to train staff, instruct employees, supervise staff, or manage change in any workplace.


Course Structure and Lesson Content

There are 11 lessons in this course, as follows:

Lesson 1. Introduction to Training
  • Communication channels
  • Skills for an effective communicator
  • Responsibilities of a trainer to achieve effective communication
  • Main approaches to helping learning; psycho-dynamic, phenomenological, behavioural, cognitive-behavioural and transactional analysis
  • Understanding communication barriers
  • Trainer responsibilities beyond communication
  • Leadership concepts
  • Public speaking skills
  • Causes of confusion
  • Writing a speech to communicate a learning point
Lesson 2. Understanding Learning
  • What is learning
  • How learning is influenced by the teacher, student and materials
  • Learning terminology
  • Teaching strategies
  • Common teaching modes
  • Class size
  • Teaching models
  • Questioning
  • Recognising the learners needs
  • Adult learners
  • Children/adolescent learners
Lesson 3. Determining Training Requirements in The Workplace
  • Assessing Needs
  • How to gather information
  • How to use the information you gather
Lesson 4. Commencing Training
  • Arranging resources
  • Administration
  • Planning
  • Training program support
Lesson 5. Developing a Lesson Plan
  • Lesson aims
  • Structure of a lesson plan
  • Contingency planning
  • Writing a lesson plan
Lesson 6. Assessment and Evaluation of Training Programs
  • Assessment
  • Tests and examinations
  • Assignments
  • Evaluation of training programs
  • Evaluation checklist
Lesson 7. Training Aids
  • Overview
  • Using audio visual equipment
  • Visual materials; illustrations, whiteboard, charts etc
  • Audio materials
  • Handouts
Lesson 8. One-To-One Training
  • Leadership communication
  • Tutorial sessions
  • Conversation development
  • Motivation for learning
  • Self esteem
  • Reinforcement
  • Trainer relationship building
  • Body language
Lesson 9. Motivation Skills and Techniques
  • What is motivation
  • Motivational theories
  • Improving motivation
  • Competency
Lesson 10. Promoting Training
  • Overview
  • Persuasion
  • Influencing opponents
  • Influencing neutrals
  • Handling criticism
  • Logical persuasion
Lesson 11. Assessor Training
  • Recognition of Prior learning
  • Evidence
  • Assessor training
  • Research skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Asking effective questions

Course Aims

  • Analyse the communication effectiveness within a training environment.
  • Explain characteristics which influence the effectiveness of education, including aspects of both learning and teaching.
  • Define training requirements for a specified workplace.
  • Prepare for commencement of a training session.
  • Develop a lesson plan for training a small group (less than twelve).
  • Develop skills in the assessment and evaluation of training programs.
  • Demonstrate the use of audio-visual equipment for lesson presentation.
  • Demonstrate the instruction of a learner in a one-to-one situations.
  • Determine the use of simple motivational skills in a training environment.
  • To promote training and monitor the result of promotion.
  • Prepare trainees to meet the requirements of the competency standards for assessors.

What You Will Do

  • Identify interactions that can occur between teacher and learner in a case study.
  • Compare adult learning characteristics with child learning characteristics.
  • Diagnose in 4 case studies, common barriers for learning, including - Class Disruptions; Concentration; Motivation; Fear of Complexity.
  • Investigate how different training programs are promoted through newspapers, magazines, brochures, handbooks, trade show displays, radio advertising etc.
  • Consider the effectiveness of different promotions you discover.
  • Describe an appropriate procedure for the notification of trainees of a forthcoming (hypothetical) training session. This training session can be on a topic selected by you
  • Identify eight different methods which may be used for promoting training courses for a training provider who you are familiar with. These may be methods which are already being used, or they may be methods which you think may be worth trying.
  • Collect information on assessment procedures.Look at assessment procedures in several courses.
  • Talk to a number of teachers/trainers about how they assess their students/trainees.
  • Look at school handbooks to see if they list assessment methods for the different courses they cover.
  • Talk to people who have done courses recently. How where they assessed? Would they have preferred to have been assessed in a different manner? If so, how?
  • Make a short audio recording giving instruction on a subject you feel comfortable about, for example, discussing vehicle performance, a discussion on bird breeding, the use of natural remedies, etc.

How Do People Learn Effectively?

There are many different concepts and theories that can be used to understand how people learn.

Education theorist, David Kolb, published one such concept in 1984; designed to help us better understand "experiential learning".

Kolb’s experiential learning theory works on two levels which are:

  • The four learning styles (dimensions).
  • The four stage learning cycle.

His theory suggests that there are four dimensions or stages to the learning cycle; and that throughout the cycle a person will experience all four areas.

For effective learning then, a learner needs to move through these stages. The whole process may then be repeated to reinforce the learning.

These four stages are, feeling, observing, thinking then doing.

Feeling is a "Concrete Experience"

A concrete learning experience is when the person has an experience or does something.

Learning from experience and how we relate to other people. It also involves being sensitive to the feelings of others.

Watching involves "Reflective Observation"

A reflective learning observation is when the learner reflects or reviews the experience they have had. Observing then giving considering consideration to how the same thing may be seen differently, in different contexts. This type of learner will look for the meaning of things.

Thinking involves "Abstract Conceptualisation"

Abstract Conceptualisation is when the learner learns from or concludes the experience, so learning from experience. Learning as a result of logical analysis. So the person aims for an intellectual understanding of any situation.

Doing is "Active Experimentation"

This stage involves taking the experience and knowledge, and putting it into practice. The learner will apply what they have learned. Learning from both mistakes and successes by taking risks and doing things.

So, to summarise, the learner has an experience, they reflect on it, conceptualise on it and then experiment with it, by putting it into practice.

Kolb believes that each stage of learning was supportive of the next and feeding into the next. So it is possible to join the cycle at any stage and learn through the logical sequence.
The most effective learning occurs when the learner is able to go through all four stages of the procedure.  

“This makes sense when we realise that all learning is linked, one area of learning expands our thinking and knowledge which then means this newer knowledge can be used to solve or learn in the next set of learning situations”.

Kolb’s Four Learning Dimensions

Kolb considered four learning dimensions. Kolb’s model differs from others in that it offers a way to understand individual learning styles – which he calls LSI (Learning Styles Inventory) and also an explanation of the cycle of experiential learning that applies to all learners. 

Kolb argued that different people prefer a different learning style. Your learning preference according to Kolb is affected by a range of factors, such as educational experiences, the individual’s cognitive structure, and their social environment and so on.

The learning style preferred by the individual is actually shown by their preferences on two axes – the processing continuum which looks at how we approach a task and the perception continuum which looks at our emotional response, how we think and feel about the task.

How the Course Works

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

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Meet some of our academics

John MasonMr Mason has worked 45+ years in Writing, Education, Horticulture and Recreation. His experience in both public & private sectors is extensive; particularly across Australia and England.
Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

Check out our eBooks

LearningA book to help students learn and to discover better learning techniques. There are lots of different techniques for learning. Most work well for some people, but not for others. If you understand the way in which a particular individual is most likely to learn, you can better determine the most appropriate learning techniques for them to use. This book helps you understand both the theory and the practical solutions that can help improve learning whether at home, at school, at work or at play.
English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
LeadershipWhat makes a good leader? Is it an innate personality trait or a skill that can be acquired? This book is an excellent guide to the theories and practice of leadership. It is full of interesting facts about social dynamics and examples of leadership styles. For those who are curious or in need of some leadership skills, this book will provide both entertainment and advice.
How Children ThinkAnyone who has ever tried to make a child do anything (clean up their mess, desist from throwing mud, stop drawing on the walls) knows that children think differently to adults. This book attempts to provide the skills and knowledge to develop a greater understanding of children.