Training and Development - The value of using lesson plans

Dr. Donna L. Roberts
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A lesson plan is a written guide, typically in outline form, which identifies basic information about the training session and serves as a model to follow during the program presentation.

Lesson plan components include:

1) Organization/Agency (for whom training is conducted)

2) Department (if applicable)

3) Date

4) Title of Lesson Plan or Course - identifies subject of session

5) Unit (if part of a larger program) - sub-portion identifier

6) Instructor(s)

7) Time/Session Duration and Scheduled Period - where, for how long and in what intervals the training will be given

8) Trainees - audience; group affiliation which brings them together

9) Location of Training - physical location

10) Purpose/Goal - a general statement of the intent of or reason for the training

11) Objectives - specific, definable, measurable statements outlining the knowledge, skill or attitude change which the training works to impart

12) Classroom Requirements - Size, furniture, set-up requirements

13) Training Aids and Equipment - Audio-visual equipment, media, materials

14) Trainee Supplies - items trainees will use (i.e., pencils, pens, game boards, etc.)

15) Trainee Handouts - prepared material for distribution

16) References - resources used, information sources

17) Time Breakdown - specific time intervals for successive parts of the session

18) Content - outline of program material

19) Notes - reminders of various tools (i.e., handouts, anecdotes, transparencies, video clips, etc.) which support content

A lesson plan is a valuable tool in both the planning and delivery stages of training programs. In the planning stage it helps organize the presentation by constructing a step-by-step model for the session. In this way it helps to stimulate thought about content inclusion, transition, ordering and supportive illustrations. At the delivery stage the lesson plan serves to keep the presentation focused, complete and on track with objectives. It also allows for instructor substitutions without having to “re-invent the wheel”.

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