Training the Judicial Trainers Course - Part One
06 September 2014–08 September 2014, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
UCL Judicial Institute
Trinidad and Tobago Judicial Education Institute Port of Spain, Trinidad
The course was in three parts. Part One ran over 3 days on site at the Trinidad and Tobago Judicial Education Institute.
It reflects the training process from the initial identification of training needs, through the design and delivery of training, to the subsequent evaluation of a session or course. Sessions in Part One included:
• identification of judicial training needs
• different adult learning styles
• setting training aims and learning outcomes
• deciding upon the form, content and methodology of training, including e-learning
• integrating fair treatment into training
• delivering effective training in a variety of ways
• evaluating the effectiveness of training
• producing training materials
Part One was highly participatory, with many opportunities for all Participants to engage in discussions, small group exercises and role-play. During Part One all Participants (working in groups) were asked to prepare a short (10 minute) presentation on a specific judicial training session about a topic relevant to the judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago, and to deliver a presentation of this proposed training session on the final day of Part One of the course.
Part Two of the course took place on-line from the end of the 3-day course in September 2014 through March 2015. During this period Participants, worked in 8 groups of three, designed and tested proposals for 8 new judicial training sessions for the judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. This involved continued dialogue and constructive feedback between Participants and Course Facilitators via the UCL e-learning system eXtend. This enabled Participants to carry out written exercises, download and up-load documents, submit drafts of materials for proposed training sessions, access a resource “library” for adult learning and judicial training, share their experience of the course with each other and provide the UCL Training Team with feedback through an online discussion forum.
Part Three of the course will run over 2-days on-site in Trinidad in April 2015. Participants will present their 8 new proposed judicial training sessions in full, and put their sessions through a detailed assessment based on the core principles covered in Part One and developed in Part Two of the course
By the end of Part One of the course, participants will have:
• explored different approaches to adult learning and teaching
• gained an understanding of the need to use different techniques for different types of judicial subjects and training sessions
• identified a number of ways to deliver training that is focused, interactive, imaginative, engaging and effective
• gained an understanding of the importance of teamwork when individuals must co-operate to complete time-sensitive tasks
• worked as a member of a small group to fulfil a pre-determined task
• recognised the significance of a judicial training needs analysis
• gained an understanding of the importance of setting clear aims and learning outcomes
• set aims and learning outcomes for a judicial training session
• gained an understanding of the importance of judicial training evaluation
• gained an understanding of the need to integrate diversity and fair treatment issues into judicial training sessions and identified ways to achieve this
Developing Training Sessions and Courses
During Part One, all Participants, worked in a small group, designed a short judicial training session drawing on the new knowledge and skills acquired so far. These training sessions were presented to all course Participants on Day 3. These presentations will enable the course Participants to demonstrate the new knowledge, skills and techniques learnt, discussed and practised during Part One of the course. These and other short training sessions will be further developed in Parts Two and Three of the course, with the ultimate goal of enabling new training sessions or courses to be created, run and evaluated by the Trinidad and Tobago Judicial Education Institute.