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DEC 2016

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68 MMS December 2016 mmsonline.com CNC TECH TALK Columnist CNC courses. In this type of program, students will learn on their own, only communicating with the instructor when they have questions. I believe that all CNC training should include at least some instructor-led sessions. At the very least, there should be a review of content presented in the pre-developed, self-paced course to con- firm that the students truly understand the mate- rial. This also gives students the opportunity to ask questions. Additionally, instructor-led content should include company-specific topics that are not included in a pre-developed course. DEVELOPING CONTENT Curriculum materials should include study and evaluation methods. Study-method examples include presentations (such as lectures incorpo- rating PowerPoint presentations), videos, reading materials and projects. Evaluation-method exam- ples include tests, practical exercises, projects and, of course, on-the-job performance. If you are new to curriculum development, you can find countless suggestions online. Entering search criteria like "how to develop a curriculum," will produce many helpful links. Don't expect your first attempts at curriculum development to be as attractive or effective as professionally devel- oped content, but with appropriate delivery effort on your part, you should be able to get your points across to your students. This is one reason why it is so important to choose the right candidates in the first place. Dependable and highly motivated, good learners can make even an entry-level instructor look good. If you match these traits as an instructor, training is bound to succeed. Dependable and highly motivated, good learners can make even an entry-level instructor look good. If you match these traits as an instruc- tor, training is bound to succeed.

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