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Train the Trainer: Did they Learn? Who Cares?



Georgia L. Harris


As metrologists, we think we are good (even expert) at measurements. But, our subject matter expertise is most often in the world of science, and not necessarily in the world of education. There are a number of aspects of measuring training that we could consider in a study about measuring the effectiveness of training. What most often comes to mind in training evaluation is the course evaluation. However, instructors need to use assessment methods within the classroom environment to determine if and how well students are learning. Universities need to measure the effectiveness of instructors and course curricula. In the workplace, managers want to invest in courses that make their employees more productive and efficient. In laboratory accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025, a laboratory must also have a way to measure the effectiveness of training efforts. As you can tell already, training evaluations need to include more than simple course evaluations. With all of these various aspects of measuring effectiveness, where do we start?
Metrologist: NCSLI Worldwide News


train-the-trainer, metrology training, measuring training effectiveness


Harris, G. (2011), Train the Trainer: Did they Learn? Who Cares?, Metrologist: NCSLI Worldwide News, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created January 31, 2011, Updated August 13, 2018