EVALUATI NG WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED DURI NG TRAI NI NG

Different evaluation methods and their purpose

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What Who evaluates? When? For whom?
For which decisions to be
made?
Comments
What learners
already know
Trainer Before the training
For the trainer
For the learners
To personalise the training course
To form homogeneous and
heterogeneous groups
What learners already know prior to
the training is assessed in relation to
the course prerequisites. The
prerequisites are the knowledge and
understanding needed to follow a
given training course effectively. This
evaluation is particularly useful for
technical training.
What is being
learned during
the training
Trainer During the training
For the trainer
For the learners
To tailor the training methods and
how the course runs in real time:
the trainer decides whether what
has been learned is sufficient to
move onto a more complex stage,
or whether there is a need to
review certain points. If the gaps
are minor, the trainer will be able
to add to what has been learned
as the training proceeds.
This type of evaluation, which is
carried out during the course of the
training, is called formati ve. It allows
the trainer to take decisions on how to
proceed in pedagogical terms. It also
allows the learner to know where they
are, identify their strong points and
concentrate more fully on their
weaknesses.
Evaluating what has been learned during training

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What has
been learned
during the
training
Trainer
Certification
body
At the end of the
training
For the
commissioner
For the trainer
For the learners
To decide, in light of a previously
established standard, if the level
of knowledge or skills acquired by
each learner is sufficient.
This type of evaluation is called
summative: it sums up the
knowledge and skills acquired. This is
a matter of checking whether
participants are able to feed back the
knowledge they have gained and put
their skills into practice. This type of
evaluation is often certificati ve: the
review carried out determines whether
or not a diploma or certificate should
be awarded.
The quality of
the training
provided
Learners
Commissioner
Trainer
At the different
design stages
During
implementation
At the end of
the training
For the
commissioner
For the trainer
For the learners
To validate the specification or
not
To validate the prototype or
not
To make any changes in the
design or presentation of the
training or not, in light of its
implementation
The quality of the training is built in
from the outset. It involves the
commissioner, the learners and the
service provider in equal measure.
Immediate evaluation, also known
as satisfaction evaluation, is only
one aspect of quality evaluation.
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Transferring
what has been
learned during
training
Learners
Their
operational
managers
Commissioner

Some time after
the training, after
what has been
learned during the
training has been
put into practice.
For the
commissioner
For operational
managers
For the learners
To evaluate the appropriateness
of the training response to the
initial issue at the end of the day,
and to take any decisions on how
to update the training.
The transfer represents "the degree
to which learners apply the
knowledge, skills and attitudes they
have learned during training to their
professional activity" (Baldwin and
Ford). Factors related to the working
environment, training and the
individual who has undergone the
training will all influence what is
transferred to the workplace.