American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Cascadia Chapter Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington
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Program Description


Fundamentals of Training
April 13-14, 2009


The Cascadia Chapter presents our popular Fundamentals of Training series in a two-day format. The sessions are specially geared towards those new in the training field who need an overview of these subjects.

Hundreds of Oregon and SW Washington professionals have built their training skills in this hands-on 4-session series. If you are new to the training profession or just wish a refresher in certain skill areas, then this series is for you!

Fundamentals of Training is offered cooperatively by ASTD-Cascadia Chapter and Portland State University (PSU) Continuing Education Department (along with the Graduate School of Education). Each session is 3 hours in length and will be facilitated by a highly skilled instructor for that specific session. You can register for each session separately or for the entire series.

Participants may receive 1 hour elective credit from PSU if they elect to pay a small additional fee, take all 4 sessions, and complete a required project. The lead instructor designed for this course will work with any students who take the course for credit. If you are planning on taking the series for credit, please read the information on credit registration at the end of this section.

Course Content

April 13
8:30 am - Noon
An Introduction to Needs Assessment

Theme Grenz
State of Oregon



  • Introduce participants to the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) process
  • Outline the importance of the TNA in developing training interventions to improve organization performance.
  • Participants will engage in activities to share their knowledge in order to understand typical resistance to the needs process and to gain insights on various TNA data collection methods.
April 13
1 - 4:30 pm

Course Design

Lenny Borer



  • Instructional design models
  • Learning objectives
  • How to sequence material
  • Instructional design issues related to distance learning delivery methods
  • Course evaluation principles
  • Four levels of training evaluation
April 14
8:30 am - Noon
Training Methodologies

Dan Vetter
Vetter Solutions



  • Explore the when, why and how of 14 key training methods
  • Use Dale's Cone of Experience to increase learning retention
  • Utilize a variety of creative approaches to maximize learning
  • Match training methods to learning objectives
  • Kolb's experiential learning cycle
  • Apply advanced facilitation skills (experiential learning) to make learning more engaging
April 14
1 - 4:30 pm

Presentation Skills

Lou Ann Curtsinger
Point Taken




  • Assess personal presentation style
  • Identify techniques that improve presentation skills
  • Working with visuals to increase your effectiveness
  • Value of the "change up" approach
  • How to elicit participation / interaction
  • Effectively handling Q&A

Alignment with National ASTD Competency Model

9 Focus Areas

Areas in BOLD will be addressed in this presentation.

1. Designing Learning
2. Improving Human Performance
3. Delivering Training
4. Measuring and Evaluating
5. Facilitating Organizational Change
6. Managing the Learning Function
7. Coaching
8. Managing Organizational Knowledge
9. Career Planning and Talent Management


Date Monday and Tuesday
April 13 - 14, 2009
Time 8:30 am - 4:30 pm both days

Standard Insurance Center
900 SW 5th
Portland, OR 97204

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Cost Chapter Members $50 per session or $175 for all 4 (by Mar 26)
$55 per session or $195 for all 4 (after that date)
Others $55 per session or $195 for all 4 (Mar 26)
$60 per session or $215 for all 4 (after that date)
(must be Chapter Member)
$40 per session or $150 for all 4 (by Mar 26)
$45 per session or $170 for all 4 (after that date)
Credit Add $55 to the appropriate price listed above.
Refreshments Not provided. Coffee and lunch available in various coffee shops and restaurants in and around the Standard Insurance Center.
Refunds Refunds are allowed if a written cancellation is received in the ASTD office at least five business days prior to a specific session. No refunds are given after the program starts. Refunds for those electing the credit option cannot be given after the second session.
Credit To obtain the one hour of credit, you must register for all four sessions and then add $55 to that cost. The course number for credit is TBA.

To receive credit, you must attend the entire two days and be prepared to do a paper as determined by the lead instructor. Students taking the course for graduate credit must take the course for a letter grade and must achieve at least a "B" grade in order to the credit to be transferable into the graduate program.

This course is an elective for the PSU Training Certification program.

Reasonable Accommodation ASTD-Cascadia Chapter is committed to providing reasonable accommodation at all its functions. If additional accommodations are needed, please let us know as far ahead as possible before an event.
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