IBIS - Subject Matter Experts

The research and implementation is clear that initial classroom training while requisite to teach staff new skills, is insufficient lead to long-term change in organization. Research on implementation, innovation diffusion, and the application of skills similar to IBIS all indicate the necessity to have experts readily available that can train, retrain, and provide quality assurance.    

Phase I - Identifying, Interviewing and Selecting SME Candidates

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Phase II - Developing IBIS Expertise

The first step in developing the SMEs’ knowledge of IBIS will be to compile a reader of the source materials used to develop IBIS as well as research that has informed the adaptation of IBIS.  This reading packet will be given to each SME.  The SME will then be expected to read the materials and engage with other SMEs and IBIS instructors to develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and empirical research supporting IBIS.  This phase of the knowledge development will be facilitated using a web-based platform.  This series of interactions is intended to help SMEs understand the content of IBIS 

Phase III - Understanding IBIS Curriculum

Phase III of the process is an intense 2-day in person course that focuses on teaching SMEs the advanced IBIS curriculum.  The goal of this training is to help SMEs understand the link between the source materials reviewed and the exact skills chosen for inclusion in IBIS.  There will be a processing and integration of the source materials with the written IBIS curriculum, the SMEs experiences in being trained in IBIS, as well as their experiences in using the IBIS skills in their daily job duties. 

Phase IV - Developing Training Expertise

The objective of Phase IV is to provide SMEs with an understanding of strategies to use when training adult learners as well as how these strategies fit into the IBIS curriculum.  This phase will include a didactic lecture on how adult learners acquire and integrate new knowledge and skills into their existing schema related to work. 

This will be followed by a discussion about effective training techniques to use when working with adult learners and how these techniques are represented in the IBIS curriculum.

Lastly, SMEs will be given the opportunity to present parts of the IBIS curriculum to each other in a small group setting.  The objective of this part of this Phase is to give SMEs the opportunity to integrate all the materials up to this point and begin experimenting with the delivery of the material in a safe training environment.

SMEs will be given feedback from their peers and the IBIS experts.  SMEs will also be given assignments for the next Phase of the training process. 

Phase V - Putting It All Together Part I

In this phase of the project, SMEs will be responsible for assisting IBIS trainers in delivering the training to new IBIS users.   The SMEs will be assigned a small portion of the lecture material to deliver over the three day training.  The SMEs will also be asked to volunteer to deliver additional sections of the material as well as run group exercises and exercise debriefs.

The IBIS trainers will still be responsible for the delivery of the training while the SMEs serve in an assistant training role.  At the conclusion of this phase, a debrief with all SMEs will occur and training curriculum assignments will be made for the next phase of the project.  

Phase VI - Putting It All Together Part II

Phase VI of the project allows the SMEs to be responsible for scheduling and conducting an initial IBIS training.  While trainers will be present at this training they will not take an active role in the training activities.  The trainers will provide preparatory comments to the SME trainees before the training begins, at each break, and debrief session after the training is complete. 

The objective of this phase is to help the SMEs develop training experience and expertise in delivering the IBIS materials. 

Phase VII - Maintenance

The last Phase of this project is a maintenance phase and is developed to provide SMEs ongoing access to the IBIS developers.  The objective is to ensure that the SMEs have ongoing and regular access to IBIS experts so that all concerns and questions can be resolved.  This also allows the SMEs the opportunity to discuss adaptations of the IBIS material with the developers prior to making any adaptations. 

It is anticipated that these interactions will occur at least once per quarter or as needed by the SMEs.  

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