2018 10 Training

Location: Parlour Room”, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church back parking lot door, follow the signs — https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, 15 October 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

How complex is your Non-Profit organization? Does your newly hired staff need training on your policies and procedures? On your products and services? On your software and hardware? What happens when you change procedures, get new products, update your software? Does your existing staff need training? How do you supply the training? On the job? In the classroom? Online learning courses? And how do you manage the training administration? Keep track of results? Determine who is eligible for additional training?

At this months’ round table discussion let’s talk about our experiences in providing training to staff, or receiving training to be better SysAdmins. How can the Non-Profit SysAdmin help deliver and track training for our organizations’ training requirements?

In a future session we’ll discuss providing education to the clients of our organizations; this month let’s focus on internal training.

–Bob Jonkman & Marc Paré


Meeting Notes

Legacy codes
  • People inherit old legacy code, eg. spreadsheets
  • Nobody want to admit to knowing Excel for fear of having to fix someone’s code
Techsoup Catalogue
  • Zoom
    • but that’s just conferencing software, not training management software
  • Desire To Learn is no longer in the catalogue
Using Moodle
  • Marc shows off his French Language Moodle installation http://frenchasasecondlanguage.org
  • Need to build your own content on Moodle
  • Danger of copyright infringement if you’re not using your own content
  • Universities are more likely to contract out for content creation
  • Marc has used Hot Potatoes to create Moodle content
  • Hot Potatoes might be good for internal training; evaluation doesn’t work in all educational settings
  • Looked at some Moodle testimonials for internal staff training
Other notes
  • Discussed evaluation methods, and the efficacy of teachers
  • Also the ideology imposed on the curriculum by different governments
  • Talked about the university model of teaching: Should be two separate streams? One for research, one for teaching (researchers aren’t necessarily good teachers)
    • 400 students in a lecture hall? 10-15 students with teaching assistants? Where does best learning take place?
    • More than 25 students makes a teacher a “classroom manager” rather than an “educator”
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