TRAIN THE TRAINER
COURSE CATEGORY: Management
DURATION: 3 Days
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS
Train the Trainer course deals with the relevance of simulator in maritime training and the simulator pedagogy associated with the use of training on a maritime simulator. The course touches upon the basic aspects of learning process, purpose of training, setting of training objectives and basic principles of course design and the psychology of learning. However these do not form the main thrust of the course. The instructor assumes that course participants would have received formal training in these aspects prior to completing this programme.
The course is involving conventional teaching and training methods. It follows participative training techniques (such as task solving, both individually and in groups), simulation exercises involving ‘role playing’. Train the Trainer course takes into account the practical constraints which simulator instructors face. However, it is not seeking for ‘ideal’ solutions in this part of the course. Adaptation to local circumstances is an important part of the course and trainees should demonstrate it when appropriate.
The course has a large practical component in which the participants implement the theoretical guidelines by planning, creating, executing and evaluating their own simulation exercises.
The experiential nature of the course, largely using simulators, provides the participants the opportunity to hone the necessary skills they need to be effective simulator instructors.
The instructor establishes a reliable simulator training programme to impart comprehensive simulator training to the seafarer that will include the amalgamation of:
– Classroom teaching
– Simulation training
– Special working environment on board a ship and the human element
– Psychology of learning
– Foster sustainable training skills to the instructor within the changing maritime environment
– Acquire simulator training skills that includes the psychology of learning
The instructor will control simulation exercises to sensitize the future simulator instructor to simulation technology. He will also, initially, allow the trainees to become familiar with the equipment, controls and instrumentation provided by the simulator. He will discuss about the equipment and environment fidelity with the trainees.
During exercises, the instructor expects trainees to make use of effective bridge/engine-room/cargo procedures, and varying the environment. A session for briefing and planning will precede each exercise and a debriefing will follow.
The course includes technical aspects of teaching that have a direct relation with the maritime simulator world. Without delving into the details at this stage, it is however emphasized that the simulator pedagogy, as well as psychology of learning, forms an important element of the course.
The topics that have been covered in this model course have been chosen in such a way as to provide a valuable introduction for those who have little experience in teaching and also as a very useful refresher for experienced instructors. In addition, those whose teaching experience has been limited to lecturing will gain considerable exposure, as they will explore the world of maritime simulation along with a variety of teaching techniques.