As the University shifts all of our training online, UT L&D is here to help. Training is a complex and nuanced field. Being a subject matter expert in an area does not mean you are ready to train other people in that area. In fact, delivering training poorly can do more harm than good. Not only can it mean the delivery is weak; it could even cause safety issues, lower employee morale, and reduce employee performance. Poor training can actually act against the trainer’s objectives of educating the learner. The training team in UT L&D want to ensure that the trainer, the content, and the delivery of all training at UT is meeting objectives and reaching the right audience.
We do this by providing support in four areas
Curriculum Design: Is your content organized and communicated effectively through your medium?
Accessibility: Are your classes reaching the people they need to reach, and taking into consideration those who are differently abled?
Presentation Style: Is your speech and performance strong and compelling, ensuring that your audience is engaged and learning?
Technology: Are you taking advantage of the technological resources that you have available in the more effective way?
If you'd like help with your training project please fill out our survey and a team member will contact you.
- A Crash Course on Converting to the Virtual Classroom (PDF)
- How to Use Retrieval Practices to Improve Learning (PDF)
- Microlearning (PDF)
- Spacing to Boost Learning (PDF)
The people who make up our training team all have full-time jobs elsewhere at UT-Austin. During this difficult time, they (with their supervisors’ approvals) have agreed to share their knowledge and expertise as they have time and capacity to help support our community.
Binta Brown: Binta Brown works as a Dual Career & Recruitment Consultant at The University of Texas, Austin. In this hybrid role, she spearheads the SmartHire program, advising campus search committees for executive and hard-to-fill positions in all phases of the hiring process. Additionally, she provides a suite of career services to the partners of high-profile faculty new to the City of Austin. Her role also encompasses advising the university’s Financial and Administrative Services division on strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives including designing and facilitating workshops on implicit bias in the workplace and the hiring process. She has more than a decade of experience developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and frequently speaks on career development issues for organizations in the surrounding community. She is a certified online instructor and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University.
Jaime Davis: Jaime Davis is a Deputy Compliance Officer and has managed the general compliance training program for The University of Texas at Austin since 2013. Prior to joining University Compliance Services, she was a training coordinator for the Facilities Services department for almost 12 years. Jaime has a Masters of Education degree from UT in the field of Learning Technologies and her areas of interest include adult learning, universal design, and accessibility.
Frances Delacruz: Frances is a seasoned learning and development consultant with over 10 years of experience in staff development, instructional design, and program administration. She has extensive administrator level proficiency in learning management systems along with enterprise-wide strategic level contributor in systems implementation, program planning, and process improvement. Frances is highly committed in creating content, delivering learning programs, and leveraging learning solutions to support a culture of learning for working professionals.