My section in the DepartmentInfoComm Solution Centre in Temasek Polytechnic, School of Engineering isinvolved in the training of the ENG (School of Engineering) Academic staff onthe use of Infocomm Technology and Media to promote active learning. Besidesdeveloping the training materials, the traditional teaching rote method wasused without consideration of the adult learners’ profile.
As most of uspossess little formal teaching experience, attending a structured programme isnecessary.WSQ Competency Based Trainingapproach can be applied to my workplace to address these problems as we may belacking the pedagogical and facilitation knowledge and skills to perform effectively as trainer or facilitators and theknowledge and skills required for the development of curriculum and applicationof instructional design to create courseware for an adult learning programme.In applying a CBT approach, the first step is the selection of staff among mysection who have the domain/subjects’ expertise to train the academic staff.After identifying the suitability of the candidates, competency profiling ofthe candidates can then be established. The Training and Adult Education WSQCompetency Map can be used to capture the type of competencies needed as anadult educator.
It also charts the various job roles and the skillsets neededin the respective qualification levels. Next, the performance gaps of thecandidates can be identified by comparing the existing performance standardswith the Training and Adult Education National Competency Standard. ThePerformance Gaps of the employees can be reviewed in the second step bycomparing the desired Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of the learners with thatof the desired Knowledge, Skills and Attitude to perform a task well.
Once thegap is identified, the third step of implementing both non-training andtraining development solutions can be executed to enhance performance. CBT approach can ensurecurriculum relevancy to specialised industry through contextualization; thisallows the introduction of learning activities or assessments within the rangeand context, thus ensuring better learning outcomes.