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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Getting the Most from Training Programs

Attending training programs could be for all sorts of reasons. One might want to upgrade his/her skills, learn new things, or take longer-term training to change careers, or earn an advanced degree.

The method of learning can range from face-to-face training in a classroom to various online formats and other computer-based training.

The main reason for all training is to learn something new or improve a skill. But what determines how much you learn and how successful the training is? Often it's the effort you put into it.

Ten Excellent Reasons to Attend a training program

Attending a professional conference or training program means investing a considerable amount of time and money. So it's smart for educators, administrators, and others, to ask themselves what benefits they will receive by participating. To help attendees and their organizations here is a list of the top 10 reasons to consider.
  1. Get the big picture. You will see the state of the art including improved tools, techniques and adavances. You also will get an update on what's happening in the topic.
  2. Enhances your knowledge. Discover innovative ways to learn new things from your peers during the user presentations. You also will have the opportunity to talk about how you use some special tools or techniques. User presentations are organized by track to help you focus on what's most relevant to you, including the use of
  3. Strengthen your community. Talk with students, youth program coordinators, and community leaders who are working in your line to address real-world challenges in their communities and build a brighter future.
  4. Get hands-on training. Whether you're new to some technology or an experienced user, there will be plenty of opportunities geared to what you want to learn.
  5. See where new technology or developments fits in your work. New technology or advances helps institutions operate more efficiently, saving time, energy, and money.
  6. Network, network, network. The event may provides a unique opportunity to connect with educators, administrators, professionals, youth leaders, and policy makers from around the country or world, providing great opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary exchange. ersity describe their GIS degree options at the Academic GIS Program Fair.
  7. Meet your partners. Special Interest Group meetings are always full and lively, allowing you to spend time with those who share your special interests, such as curriculum development, community colleges, or managing an institution.
  8. Explore the EXPO. At the EXPO, exhibitors from the business partners, government agencies, and other organizations will display products and services for teaching, research, and administration. At the EXPO, you will find specialized tools and solutions for facilities management, transportation/routing, and demographic analysis, as well as curricular materials and training opportunities. You can also learn about other technologies to understand how they complement your existing facilities.
  9. Think about workforce development. Learn what skills your graduates will need when they enter the workforce.
  10. Travel support. Often travel support can be get from your organization or any sponsor. Always look for such sponsorships.
You can't rely on the instructor to deliver a program that exactly meets your needs. And you can't rely on the person who designed the training, or the person who suggested that you attend in the first place. You must be responsible for your own learning.

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