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Train the Trainer: Designing Training for High Performance

Taking subject matter experts (SME) and simply assigning them to a training function is a common strategy when implementing training. Most SMEs in the measurement sciences are good measurement professionals but don't necessarily have an educational background. Ongoing professional development of our SMEs in the area of adult educational concepts and methods is critical for 1) designing and implementing effective training; and 2) having an adequate number of trainers or metrologists with training skills to develop the next generation of metrology professionals. This two-day tutorial will cover some essential training design concepts and provide an opportunity to practice what is learned.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this two day session, using notes and provided resources, participants will be able to:

  • Describe educational models and concepts (e.g., ADDIE model, Bloom's Taxonomy, Teaching Styles, Adult Learning Methods, Partnership Model, Job Task Analysis);
  • Analyze performance and learning objectives;
  • Write clear and effective learning objectives, analyze learning objectives for others;
  • Identify and select suitable openers, closers, and other learning activities, create and demonstrate a learning activity, and provide feedback on others' activities; and
  • Identify applicable methods to assess student learning during the training event.


Training designers and presenters.

Technology Requirement(s): 

Electronic resources from your class/module along with a laptop for you to work on during the session.

Materials & Supplies: 

A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided.


Identify a specific class or module you would like to create or update (think about a 30 min presentation or a 1 to 2 hour webinar, or a 4 hour tutorial).


Harris, Georgia L.
Office of Weights and Measures
(301) 975 - 4014


NIST/Office of Weights and Measures
Measurement Science Conference

Class No. N04

The 2014 Measurement Science Conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Created January 29, 2014, Updated May 13, 2016