June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
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COMPETENCY MAPPING FOR TRAINING EFFECTIVENESS ABSTRACT In 2017, US companies spent over 90 Billion dollars on employee training. Despite the intense effort, training generally is not deemed satisfactory as many studies show that trainees fail to demonstrate the ability to transfer the desired knowledge and skills on the job. As a result, many organizations are still looking for reliable and effective training mechanisms to ensure an adequate return on their training investment. Competency training has presented itself as an alternative to traditional training methods as it pinpoints the skills for certain tasks and assesses the workforce’s readiness in accordance with the desired levels of competence. While the competency method is a more linear form of training, the evaluation of trainees’ level of competence is still a lengthy process. In this paper, we propose a concept map-based framework for competency training assessment. In particular, we demonstrate the use of similarity flooding algorithm in quickly determining the differences between desired competencies in the expert map and those shown in the trainee’s map. The framework is used to develop a change management unit for TAFE Australia. The competencies for managing changes at the organizational level have been identified as introducing, managing and assessment of the change management process. Five trainees participated in a three-week course that included lectures and effective learning elements such as case study and small-scale projects. Concept maps are created to represent the desired competencies and are used to evaluate the training outcome.
Harraf, A., & Lin, Y., & Shahhosseini, A. M. (2019, June), Competency Mapping for Training Effectiveness Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32528
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