So, as promised in my post last week, this week I am going to tell you about how I plan training. A model I like to use is the NAOMIE model.  This is a model that is well known in Youth Work and other areas of working with children and young people but I think it works for any project as a tool to get you starting to think about your project in a ordered and focused way. NAOMIE stands for Needs, Aims, Objectives, Method, Implementation and Evaluation. I can’t find who to credit NAOMIE to, I may well have known at one point but a name escapes me, but whoever it was, thank you.

I’m going to run through each section of this model and use some examples as I go.

Needs

For your training to be effective you need to identify what the needs of your target group or audience are. To do this you may need to work out who those people are first but if you are delivering work based training or a college course this is already very clear to you. Without identifying the needs of the learners, you don’t know what to deliver in your training.

e.g. I’m currently putting together a WordPress training course with my husband, Chris. Our target group is made up of bloggers, small business owners, artists/photographers who are new to WordPress. They have a long list of needs but I will focus on two of them:

  • To know how to get set up with a WordPress website.
  • To know how to navigate around the WordPress dashboard.

Aims

Once you have identified the needs of your group you can then set the aims for your course. For this part of our course our aim is:

For the learner to set up their own working website on WordPress.

Your aims should be clear and measurable. It will be very evident at the end of the course whether the learner has set up a working WordPress website.

Objectives

This is where you break your aims down into specific things you want to achieve. So, breaking down the aim above, some of our objectives are:

  • The learner will have the knowledge to set up a domain name and hosting.
  • The learner will be familiar with the WordPress dashboard and be able to make changes to their site using it.
  • The learner will be able to set up a new theme on WordPress.

Again this objectives are measurable and will inform the evaluation process at the end of the training.

Method

This is where you start to plan how you are going to impart all your knowledge and wisdom to the learner. So in this example it could be:

  • Screen recordings with voice over of the process of acquiring hosting and a domain name using Dreamhost.
  • Screen recordings with a voice over giving a run through of the WordPress dashboard.
  • Downloadable worksheet for the learner to use to identify what they need from their WordPress theme.

Implementation

This bit is how you are going to put it into action. You need to consider:

  • the resources you will need for the training,
  • timings of each section of training,
  • if you are co-facilitating, who is responsible for what,
  • dates, times and venues that you will be running the training or if it’s an online course or e-learning course then, the date you are going to launch it,
  • the marketing you will do for it.

This list can go in many directions depending on the nature of your course or project but make sure you do cover all bases.

Evaluation

As I said in TTT# 4, evaluating your training is so important. That is why you need to consider how you are going to evaluate it at the planning stage. For our WordPress course one of the ways we will be seeking feedback is from beta testers via email before the course is fully live. We will ask them to feedback on whether they feel each of our objectives was met and if not if there is anything we could do differently or additionally so that we do meet all of the objectives effectively.

The Evaluation will inform further planning and you may find that once you have delivered a piece of training once that you realise you didn’t quite hit the nail on the head. Perhaps you hadn’t quite identified the needs of your learners the first time round or perhaps there have been changes in the subject area that means you need to update the course, so you need to go back and review that and start again.

NAOMIE should be thought of as a cycle rather than a linear planning tool, unless of course you get to a point where your training is so perfect that it can no longer be perfected but I can’t imagine that anyone is delivering training in a field that never changes!

Useful Resources

Here are a couple of resources you may find useful.

For those who like visuals, here is the NAOMIE cycle as a diagram.

Naomie Planning Tool Diagram

As part of the Implementation section of my planning I like to use a Delivery Planning Template for each unit of the course I am writing. It is very simple but it helps me get my thoughts on paper in an ordered way.

Delivery plan template (Microsoft Word Document)

As I have said elsewhere on my blog. These tips are based on what works for me. It may not work for everyone and I’m never going to claim that by following my tips you are going to run the most successful training courses ever but they may help make planning and delivery run a little bit more smoothly or you might just find reading around this subject interesting.

Next Week

Training Tips Thursday #7 is going to be looking at different learning styles. This was one of the suggested topic areas made on a post on my Facebook page. If you have anything you would like to see me write about then let me know!