One of the unique features of e-Volunteerism is the Training Designs feature we publish in each issue. We know that effective training builds commitment and competence among staff and volunteers -- a key ingredient to a successful volunteer program. All leaders of volunteers conduct educational sessions, from new volunteer orientation to helping staff to partner with volunteers. So this feature provides examples of real training sessions; group exercises; and tools, resources and tips for trainers on various aspects of content and process involved in training staff and/or volunteers. Each issue offers an in-depth exploration of one training technique or topic.
What Can Be Submitted for Training Designs Consideration
- An explanation of and instructions for conducting a volunteer-related workshop, group session or other learning opportunity that has relevance to many different settings.
- Descriptions of successful training techniques (icebreakers, creativity exercises, training evaluations, etc.) and how they have been/could be applied to volunteer-related training.
- Articles about training written for someone who will do training. For example: handling disruptive participants or incorporating humor into a presentation.
- Handout material that others can adapt to different situations.
- Anything else that would help e-Volunteerism readers improve or enhance their skills as trainers and group facilitators.
Guidelines for Writing a Training Designs
- Introduce the training by explaining how you developed it, where you've used it, for what audiences, etc. - and why you feel it could be useful to others, regardless of setting.
- Audience: What types of learners could benefit the most; what is the ideal number of participants.
- Learning Objectives: At the end of the training session, what will participants be able to do?
- Time Required.
- Equipment, props, supplies needed - and any other preparation necessary.
- Then provide a walk-through of the session or exercise, step by step. Explain how a trainer would run the session, including possible things to say to the group. Include the suggested time to take for each step.
- One of the wonderful things about electronic publishing is that you can provide handouts for the readers, and even PowerPoint® slides. Submit these to us and note where, in the design, each should be introduced. We will link a PDF of each handout to the correct spot. [If you are willing to share handouts that you have already formatted and possibly copyrighted, we are happy to reproduce them in the same way, with a complete credit line. You of course retain the copyright to all previously-published material.]
- Conclude the piece with whatever is relevant: how to end the session, special tips to the trainer, possible alternate ways to present the material.
- Throughout you may use bulleted or numbered lists, rather than compose full paragraphs.