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Click here to get caught up if you missed part 1 of Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick's interview with Candee Basford.

Basford infographicThe infographic that Candee created fueled interest in the Kirkpatrick Model and its potential application to the global training programs that her company was about to plan and implement.

By putting her thoughts about the model down on paper in this visually interesting format before any implementation was attempted, rather than at the end of a program, Candee was able to influence other leaders in her company to start with the end in mind and incorporate the Kirkpatrick four levels methodology from the beginning.

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How do you communicate the value of training to your co-workers and managers so they understand it? Here’s an example from Candee Basford,...

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The navy must always be prepared before entering the fieCompassld. They do not wait until they are in the middle of the ocean to think about how they will navigate their submarines and respond to threats.
 
They prepare for every eventuality and engage the sonar upon launch, monitoring it carefully during the entire excursion, making adjustments as required to stay on course and avoid danger.

How can you plan your evaluation efforts as diligently as if you were a navy submariner? Read on to find out.

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Use Active Training Evaluation Sonar to Maximize Training Value - Part 3
Military submarines use active sonar, or pinging, to emit pulses and create echoes that identify nearby objects and potential threats. Workplace learning and performance professionals (WLPs) can do the same to check reaction and learning during training, as well as on-the-job application and results after training.

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Military submarines use passive sonar to “listen” for nearby obstructions or threats. A long, sensitiveRipples 2cable called a towed array is stretched out behind a moving submarine and can pick up even slight sounds from the deep. Sonar operators on board listen through hydrophones to hear those sounds, be they molten rock, whales or another submarine.

Are you using passive sonar during and after training to check for progress and obstacles?

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Military organizations provide many training best pracSubmarinetices because they cannot afford to just train people and hope that they perform well in the field. Flawless execution is required every time, or lives could be lost.

The sonar used in navy submarines is a great example of a military idea that can be applied to training.

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Lesson #3: Mission-critical programs require a post-training support planBirds on a wire

Birds need to learn to fly quickly to catch food, avoid predators, and thus survive. Fortunately, most of our training is not quite so mission critical. In some cases, though, it is. For example, health care and military training could save or cost lives depending upon how well it works. How confident are you that every one of your training graduates will be able to perform to standard?

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ASTD VOS Scholarship Winner Announced at Don Kirkpatrick Honors Reception

"The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions." -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

On August 22, the ASTD Valley of the Sun Chapter hosted the Don Kirkpatrick Honors Reception, during which they announced the winner of their annual Don Kirkpatrick scholarship.

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