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Competency Mapping for Training Effectiveness

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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College-Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 2

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Arezou Harraf Box Hill College Kuwait

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Dr. Arezou Harraf

Head of Department of Business Studies
Assistant Professor
Box Hill College Kuwait

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Yuetong Lin Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide

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Yuetong Lin received the Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2005. He was with Indiana State University from 2005 to 2016, where he became associate professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, and the program coordinator for Computer Engineering Technology. He joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide in September 2016 as an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology.

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A. Mehran Shahhosseini Indiana State University

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A. Mehran Shahhosseini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology
Management at Indiana State University. He has published over 45 articles in different journals and conference proceedings. He has served as an investigator for research projects sponsored by National Science Foundation, Ford Motor Company, and the US Army. Before working at Indiana State University, he was a faculty
in the University of Louisville for 10 years. He also has over four years of industrial experience.
He received his D.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University (USA) in 1999, M.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) in 1991, and B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Tehran University (Iran) in 1988. He is a member of ASEE, ASME, SAE, and ATMAE.

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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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