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WDTD Facilitation Workshops



Workshop #1: May 16-20, 2011
Workshop #2: October 24-28,2011


The WDTD Facilitation Workshop is intended for SOOs/DOHs who never attended one of the original AWOC Facilitation Workshops in 2004-05. The goals of the Workshop, as in 2004-05, are to provide an opportunity for SOOs/DOHs to learn about various aspects of how to facilitate workplace learning and performance. The in-residence environment helps to facilitate transfer of knowledge and skills in many areas such as:

  • WES simulations (focus on debriefing)
  • LMS administration
  • Developing training plans
  • Training evaluation (focus on performance transfer)
  • Using Root Cause Analysis Techniques
  • Communication
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Basic instructional design
  • Social networks
  • Facilitating strategies for AWOC, DLOC, Dual-pol, AWIPS II
  • WDTD Help Mechanisms

Some other important information you should consider:

  • Please bring your laptops computers for in-class assignments
  • Dress business casual each day except for Thursday; On Thursday, more active attire is recommended

Travel Information

Travel dates will be Sunday and Friday afternoon of your workshop.  The workshop begins at 8:00 am on Monday and ends at 11:30 am on Friday.  During training hours, you may be reached at 405.325.3190. Per Diem for the Norman area is $77/$46 a day. Lodging accommodations will be at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 930 Ed Noble Drive, Norman, OK. The phone number for the hotel is 405.579.4000. There is no need to make individual reservations for your training; the Warning Decision Training Division will make all reservations and a rooming list will be provided to the hotel.

Airport transportation is provided by Airport Express (the blue vans) located outside the baggage area of the terminal. They meet every flight so there is no need to schedule your transportation prior to your arrival. The transportation cost for each participant to/from the Will Rogers World Airport is approximately $38.00 each way. Airport Express will take credit cards for this service which will be reimbursed on your travel voucher.

REMINDER:  As WDTD is located in a secured building, please ensure that you bring your government ID badge.


Sunday, October 23, 2011
  Travel Day
Monday, October 24, 2011
8:00 - 8:40 am

Opening Introduction: Workshop Expectations, Building Security, Introductions

8:40 am - Noon

Learning Activity 1: Overview and Simulation Basics



Noon -1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 pm Learning Activity 2: Facilitation WES Simulations (WDTD Lab)
4:15 - 5:00 pm Discussion of NWS Simulation Evolution
October 25, 2011

8:00 - 11:00 am

Learning Activity 3: Multimedia Design Strategies for SOOs



12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Wx Briefing
1:00 - 4:00 pm Learning Activity 4: Real-Life Facilitation Case Studies
Part 1: Building Case Solutions - Group prep time
4:00 - 4:10 pm Break
4:10- 5:00 pm Training Transfer Strategies (2.25 MB PDF)
October 26, 2011
8:00 - 10:50 am Learning Activity 5:Real-Life Facilitation Case Studies
Part II: Group Case Solution Presentations - Critical Review and Feedback (30 min per group w/5 min Q&A)
10:50 - 11:00 pm Break
11:00 - Noon AWIPS II Training: Facilitation Strategies (2.53 MB PDF)
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 pm Learning Activity 6: Nuts and Bolts of Being a Local Facilitator
  • Using the NWS Learning Center to administer local office individual learning needs
  • LMS Plans - Regional SubLearnCenters
  • Using Instructor Led Training
  • Development Plans
  • Reporting
  • Introduction to Creating Courses/Creating Assessments
4:00 - 5:00 pm Top WES Troubleshooting Tips (6.8 MB PDF)
October 27, 2011
8:00 - 11:00 am

Learning Activity 7: Mentoring and Coaching Process - An Adventure Based Learning Experience at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED)

11:00 -11:15 am Break
11:00 -11:15 am Transfering ABL Experiences to You Job (Facilitated Discussion)
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch (at NCED)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Learning Activity 8: Using RCAkit for Root Cause Analysis (3.02 MB PDF)
2:00 - 2:10 pm Break
2:10 - 3:00 pm Warning Performance Issues
3:00 - 3:10 pm Break
3:10 - 3:55 pm My Experiences as a SOO
3:55 - 4:05 pm Break
4:05 - 5:00 pm How to Train Forecasters to Recognize High Impact Weather Events (1.39 MB PDF)
6:30 - 8:30 pm Social Event @ La Quinta: Walk over to Interurban
October 28, 2011
8:00 - 11:00 am

Learning Activity 9: Managing Current and Future Training

11:00 - 11:30 am Evaluation, Closing and Graduation (All)
11:30 am Depart

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