Your homework this week is to write a three- to four-page, double-spaced, APA sixth-edition–compliant paper that reviews two e-training modules and proposes an alternative based on the principles discussed in Chapters 7 and 8 of your textbook. You may do outside research if you want, but it is not required for this paper. Reference your book where you use it.
Choose two of the following online trainings that are located in THE|HUB and watch the trainings. Transcripts are also available, and you are encouraged to download those and read them as well. Take notes as you watch the trainings—you may want to watch them quite a few times, so you should get started earlier in the week.
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As you watch the trainings, take notes on the following things you notice or consider.
Your paper will analyze two of the trainings and should cover the following concepts. The organization of your paper will be like a report, so please use headings to organize the report. Your boss wants to know if you think these training modules will work for some upcoming training. The training will be for 25 people in your organization, at a cost of $150 per seat, for access for 2 weeks. You will be reporting to your boss as to whether you think your organization should purchase these trainings to use. You will provide a one-page analysis (each) for each of the trainings; and then on your final one to two pages, you will discuss the business case for using these modules (or not using them). This might include the cost-effectiveness of providing these modules as training to your organization, the benefits of using these modules for training, or any downsides and alternatives you recommend to the use of these modules. Based on your best estimate, determine whether you feel the value of the training will be recouped by the organization through a benefit (savings) or whether it will be borne by the organization as a necessary expense. Feel free to supplement your analysis with your own assumed facts. (Be as creative as you want to be.)
Explain the background of one of the training videos, the content, the learning objectives that it would meet, the time frame it will take, and the style of learners it will appeal to.
Provide a brief analysis as to the quality of the training tutorial and whether it seems worth $150 per seat, and provide at least one alternative training method that could be done (and at approximately what cost). Use at least one alternative method of training discussed in Chapter 7. Finally discuss the cost of live-styled traditional training—hiring an expert in the field of the tutorial’s topic—or whether you feel you have in-house experts who could do this training just as well. These alternatives can be summarized and explained briefly.
Write a similar analysis and write-up of the second training video. Where your thoughts are the same as for the first video, you can briefly summarize by saying, “This training is similar to the first module in the areas of . . .” Then move into what is different. Perhaps there are benefits as a result of the two modules being similar; explain these in your paper as well.
Pages 3 and 4
Propose to either use these videos for your training or some alternative method for training. In your proposal, explain to your boss (using professional-style writing) the reasons for your choice. Include the concepts that are covered in Chapters 7 and 8 as reasons for or against the use of the training tutorials or videos or modules or your alternative method you proposed on pages 1 and 2. Provide your final recommendation in your concluding paragraph.
Title Page and Executive Summary
On the front page of the report, use a title page. On page 2, create a brief executive summary (four to five sentences, tops) that provides to your supervisor the topic of your proposal with your final recommendation. Assume that your supervisor may want to use that document to send up the chain as a training recommendation, so include any specific numbers you feel are important in that document. (Note that APA sixth edition does not provide for executive summaries; instead, it discusses abstracts. APA sixth edition is for scholarly publications and not business writing. Because this is a report to your supervisor, title it as an executive summary to get practice in business writing method.)
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