Are you responsible for delivering training sessions to your learners? If so, you know how important it is to have a well-structured training session plan. Without it, training can become ineffective and unorganised.
As a Compliance Consultant, I have the privilege of working with different training organisations. People often ask me how to create a simple and easy-to-follow session plan, do we need an additional training session plan, if we have a different delivery structure, etc.
Steps required to create a Session Plan:
- Step 1: Defining the Objectives of Your Training Session
- Step 2: Outline Your Delivery Structure
- Step 3: Plan Your Session Content
- Step 4: Consider Different Types of Assessments
- Step 5: Invest Time & Resources in Evaluation Processes
Step 1: Start by Defining the Objectives of Your Training Session
Before anything else, first, you need to define what the objectives of your training session are going to be. Do you want to provide learners with additional skills in a specific area? Or perhaps you want to introduce new policies or procedures. Be as specific as possible so that users can clearly understand what they will learn from the session.
Step 2: Outline Your Delivery Structure
Your delivery structure needs to consider different learning styles and preferences—visual, auditory or hands-on activities—and any resources and materials needed for presentation or discussion. If this is an online learning initiative, identify technical requirements such as hardware and software that participants might need to participate effectively throughout the training session.
Step 3: Plan Your Session Content
Most of your preparation will centre on developing content for your training sessions. Break down each topic into smaller chunks within which specific activities can be planned and discussed.
Assign a timeline for each subtopic where feasible and ensure employees have ample time for questions at critical points throughout the session. Additionally, avoid overwhelming participants with too much information by keeping relevant topics simple yet thorough enough to cover all essential aspects.
Step 4: Consider Different Types of Assessments
Developing assessment tools explicitly tailored to gauge learner understanding of core training topics help to ensure that learners have gained something useful after completing their sessions. Whether in groups or individually assessed, tests can help verify their progress while supplementing overall qualitative feedback on participant engagement as well as performance ratings after each session.
Additionally, in your assessment plan, include periodic assessments along major parts of instructions to ensure greater accountability throughout the entire program structure, such as projects (quizzes) etc.
Step 5:Invest Time & Resources in Evaluation Processes
When you want to ensure success when implementing any program, it is important to make sure that you have adequate and detailed session plans. Investing time and resources into evaluation processes is essential to creating a successful program and will help you determine which activities are working well and which need improvement.
Frequently Asked Questions about Session Plan
In this blog, I will also answer 6 of the most important questions that will help you create a session plan, and at the end, I will provide a link for the session plan template you can contextualise and use for your training sessions and assessment.
What is a session plan, and why do we need to develop this document?
A session plan is a structured document that includes sequences of information, activities, and information linked with your training and assessment resources. This document helps trainers to get delivery structure and it also helps RTOs to get consistency in the delivery.
RTO needs to develop this document for each unit/cluster to get consistency in the training and assessments.
What information do I need to include in the session plan?
The session plan should include the following information:
We have provided the answers for these questions.
Note: You may add additional information as required.
How do I create a sequencing in the session plan?
I have read this GLOSS OFF process from Fortress learning and found it useful.
GLOSS stands for:
|G||Gain the learner’s attention, interest and involvement|
|L||Link the learning to the learner’s previous experience|
|O||Outcomes of the session are identified|
|S||Structure of the session is previewed|
|S||Stimulate the learner’s motivation|
OFF stands for:
|O||Outcomes are reviewed|
|F||Feedback to individuals and the group provides encouragement and motivation for future learning|
|F||Future outcomes and where the learning is leading learners.|
Do we need a different session plan if we have different delivery modes?
Yes, you need to contextualise your session plan according to the delivery mode and hours of delivery.
For different delivery modes, you will have different structures and delivery hours. For example structure for classroom delivery will be different compared to workplace delivery and you may have small numbers for hours in the workplace delivery.
How detailed session plan do we need to create?
I hear this question more often because there are no specific guidelines from ASQA related to the session plan. If you cover your structure, sequencing of the information and cover the training package requirements and include the above-mentioned information then it will be sufficient.
Do I need to add assessment information and simulated practical information in the session plan?
Yes, as discussed above, the session plan is your structure for the unit and you also need to allocate relevant time for classroom assessment, activities, role play, presentation, and practical assessment.
Overall, the session plan is an important document not only to meet the compliance requirements but also helps to improve the quality of education and improve the consistency of the training and assessment process.
- How to create a compliant and effective session plan?
Creating a compliant and effective session plan for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) is a critical part of their day-to-day operations. RTOs have an obligation to provide quality education and training in compliance with the national standards set by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This can be achieved by ensuring that all session plans are based on an accurate understanding of the training requirements, meeting national competency standards and accurately reflecting learning objectives. An effective session plan should include clear objectives, activities to achieve these objectives, resources required for successful delivery and appropriate assessment strategies.
Firstly RTOs should research materials available relevant to their course content such as state or national curriculum documents, textbooks, course manuals, books or diaries from trainers in this field, staff competency profiles and experience feedback from past students etc. Secondly, they need to prepare and deliver learning sessions that achieve specified nationally recognised learning outcomes using sound pedagogical practices including the selection of appropriate activities. In addition to teaching proper content delivery methods must be employed so as not to bore participants such as lectures, demos, role plays or group activities also a mix of informal assessment techniques should be used throughout each session in order to check that students’ understanding is progressing.
Thirdly, RTOs need to ensure they are using suitable resources and materials that meet the required standards as set by ASQA. This may include reference materials, audio/visual equipment and other technological aids such as online learning tools. Fourthly, RTOs must ensure their assessment strategies are consistent with their teaching methodology and reflect the expected learning outcomes for each session.
Q. What are the three things that a well-planned session plan should include?
The three things that a well-planned session plan should include are as follows:
- Learning Outcomes
A well-planned session plan should always start with clear and measurable learning outcomes. These outcomes should be specific, achievable, and relevant to the course or training program. They should also be aligned with the overall program objectives and the needs of the learners. By clearly defining the learning outcomes, trainers can ensure that the session is focused and that learners understand what is expected of them. It can also help trainers to assess the effectiveness of the session.
- Activities and Resources
Once the learning outcomes have been identified, trainers need to plan the activities and resources that will help learners achieve those outcomes. These activities should be engaging, interactive, and relevant to the learners’ needs. They should also be designed to cater to different learning styles and abilities. Trainers should consider using a mix of activities, such as group discussions, case studies, simulations, and practical exercises, to keep learners engaged and motivated. In addition, trainers should ensure that they have all the necessary resources, such as handouts, presentations, and equipment, to support the activities.
- Assessment Strategies
Finally, a well-planned session plan should include assessment strategies that align with the learning outcomes and activities. These strategies should be designed to measure the learners’ understanding and application of the concepts covered in the session. Trainers should consider using a variety of assessment methods, such as quizzes, role-plays, and demonstrations, to cater to different learning styles and abilities. They should also provide feedback to learners on their performance and offer opportunities for them to improve.
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