U.S. Department of Justice

Learning and Performance

NIC is committed to improving correctional agencies' internal capacity to enhance workplace learning and staff performance (i.e., training assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation).

The resources and guides provided on this page are designed for:
  • Training directors/coordinators
  • Trainers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Adjunct/part-time trainers
  • Field training officers
  • Anyone responsible for training in a correctional agency

Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
2016
Document 031549
2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery Proceedings
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Washington, DC).
The National Institute of Corrections' 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium activities focused on the single most important need identified by participants of the inaugural 2104 Learning and Performance Symposium - Forty Forward. During the needs assessment process of NIC’s first learning and performance symposium, practitioners said their single most important need is for innovations in training and learning delivery. 2015 Symposium activities focused on innovations in training and learni... Read More

94 pages
2014
Document 029703
Forty Forward: Learning and Performance Symposium 2014 Participant's Manual and Proceedings
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Academy (Aurora, CO).
This material is from the inaugural Learning and Performance Symposium. This event focused "on learning and performance practices based on established theory and research as well as the effective practices of successful learning leaders." Sections comprising the manual are: the Forty Forward agenda; "Correctional Learning and Performance: A Vision for the 21st Century" (2012) (NIC accession number 026506); needs assessment; "Innovation: Professional Development Series" by Barbara A. Collins ... Read More

348 pages
2013
Document 026893
From Research to Application: The Case for Learning and Performance [Satellite/Internet Broadcast]
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Are you interested in getting more bang for your training buck? Leveraging the impact of your training department? Being effective with the training you prepare for, design, deliver and transfer into the workplace? Following the science of learning into practice? And you know that "content covered is not content learned?" Then this blended, interactive training broadcast / experience can assist with a transformation of your training department / unit into a center of learning and performance tha... Read More
VIDEO
4 video DVDs (233 minutes) and 1 data DVD
2012
Document 026506
Corrections Learning and Performance: A Vision for the 21st Century
By Hall, Amanda. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
Anyone involved or interested in the future of learning and performance in corrections should read this publication. “This white paper focuses on learning and performance challenges in the 21st century including the role of technology in learning programs and the incorporation of evidence-based practices into program design and delivery. The paper offers an extensive review of learning research in the areas of theory, learners, learning organizations, instructional design, program design, deliv... Read More
PDF
38 pages
2014
Document 024728
Workplace Learning Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
The use of workplace learning in “building your organization into a dynamic and flexible one, capable of meeting contemporary challenges” is addressed (p. 2). These annotated citations are grouped according to what workplace learning is, its importance, how to implement it, and how workplace learning has been implemented.... Read More
PDF
35 pages

Related Resources

Date Title Type
2014
Document 024728
Workplace Learning Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
The use of workplace learning in “building your organization into a dynamic and flexible one, capable of meeting contemporary challenges” is addressed (p. 2). These annotated citations are grouped according to what workplace learning is, its importance, how to implement it, and how workplace learning has been implemented.... Read More
PDF
35 pages
2011
Document 024773
ITIP Toolkit: A Guide for Working with Curriculum Developers
By Gurnell, Betty; Bergeron, Renee. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
This user-friendly tool kit is: grounded in research; follows and promotes the use of the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) model and ITIP (Instructional Theory Into Practice) format; and provides “a mechanism for the user to work with curriculum designers to set expectations, then to review, evaluate and give feedback on the curriculum as it is being developed” (p. ii). This publication is divided into six parts: purpose of the tool kit and its components; ADDIE Instruct... Read More
PDF
56 pages
2010
Document 027137
Competency Profile of a Regional Field Coordinator
By Iszler, Bernie. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
Regional field coordinators serve as liaisons to the National Institute of Corrections and are responsible for initiating, coordinating, and disseminating quality training initiatives and network resources responsive to the needs of correctional agencies. This document, in the format of a DACUM profile, outlines the duties and related tasks of regional field coordinators. It also summarizes the knowledge, attitudes, skills needed to enter this profession, in addition to past experience with oper... Read More
PDF
2 pages
2009
Document 025226
The Six Moving Parts of Correctional Training Effectiveness
By Morton, Gregory R.; Shepherd, Aaron. National Institute of Corrections Academy. Western Region (N.P.).
The "concept of 'The Six Moving Parts of Correctional Employee Training,' a model for integrating strategy into the organization's approach to training" is presented (p.1). Sections of this publication are: introduction; overview of the model's components; moving part 1 -- organizational readiness; moving part 2 -- curriculum selection; moving part 3 -- delivery methodology; moving part 4 -- participant engagement; moving part 5 -- workplace reinforcement; moving part 6 -- impact evaluation; sum... Read More
PDF
60 pages
2007
Document 022390
Effective Training Design and Development [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held April 2007]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
This blended-learning, self directed course provides the user with the knowledge necessary to create effective training programs. "Along the journey, you will have developed skills to help you assess, design, develop, and evaluate learner-centered instructional designs and curricula targeted to enhance employee job performance." Modules making up this training program are: program overview; learner centered instruction; assessment; performance objectives; ITIP (instructional theory into practic... Read More
VIDEO
1 data DVD
2006
Document 013923
Cost Effective In-Service Training Alternatives for Small Jails
By Reid, Tom. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Minnesota Jail Resource Center (St. Paul, MN); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
"This Training Resource Package recommends several cost-effective methods of providing in-service training for existing staff (p.3)." Sections of this document include: theme--if it meets all the requirements of "Defendable Training," it is training; executive summary; introduction; needs; training delivery options--in-service field training, shift overlap training delivery sessions, experiential training, shift scenario reviews, staff independent studies programs, training presentations during ... Read More
PDF
16 p.
2004
Document 019541
Foundation Skills for Trainers: 32-Hour Training Program [Videoconference Held March 22-25, 2004]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This 32-hour program willl help participants develop the preparation, presentation, and platform delivery skills needed to conduct training using established curricula. Focus areas include the needs and characteristics of adult learners, learning styles, the role of the correctional trainer, managing a learner-centered training environment, asking and responding to questions, facilitating lesson plans, teaching to performance objectives, and basic teaching methods.... Read More
VIDEO
3 DVDs + 1 CD
2003
Document 019271
Training Design and Development
  • [Lesson Plans and Participant's Manual]
  • National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC).
    This program explains the systematic design of training based upon the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model. The program was developed under a cooperative agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the juvenile system audience. The following modules are contained in this manual:
    • Training program overview;
    • Learner centered instruction;
    • Assessment;
    • Performance objectives;
    • ITIP model for instructional design;
    • Instructional strategie... Read More
    ZIP
    600 pages
    2003
    Document 018534
    Designing Learner Centered Instruction
    By Gurnell, Betty; LeMaster, Leslie. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    A seven-step process for developing and designing a training program according to the ITIP (instructional theory into practice) format is described. Curriculum developers will be taught to create programs that will: teach state-of-the-art information and skills based upon needs assessment analysis; employ learner-centered technologies; help participants succeed with realistic performance objectives; facilitate the transfer of learning to the job setting; promote consistency between training prog... Read More
    PDF
    20 p.
    2003
    Document 019007
    Nuts and Bolts of the Curriculum Development Process
    National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC).
    An overview of the curriculum development process is presented. The following sections comprise this document: needs assessment; the planning session and content development; content development; pilot delivery and revision; the completed curriculum package; and budget estimates for each step of the process. This overview can be used with the document "Designing Learner Centered Instruction" (NIC Accession no. 018534).... Read More
    PDF
    10 p.
    2001
    Document 016856
    Group Facilitation Skills for Trainers
    By Yeres, Susan; Collins, Barbara. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). ETR Associates (Santa Cruz, CA); National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    This 16-hour course explores the skills needed in leading group participants to achieve specific learning goals. The following modules are contained in this curriculum:
    • Introduction and course overview;
    • How we process learning;
    • Predicting and accommodating learner behavior;
    • Setting the climate;
    • Utilizing facilitation strategies for learning;
    • Dealing with conflicts in groups;
    • And presentations.
    Also included are copies of overheads used.... Read More
    ZIP
    approximately 300 pages
    2001
    Document 016857
    Facilitation Skills for Managers: Training Curriculum Package
    By Collins, Barbara; Yeres, Susan; Smith, M. Gale. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). ETR Associates (Santa Cruz, CA); National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    This 16-hour course is designed for managers who run meetings and/or lead task groups. This curriculum is divided into seven modules:
    • Introduction and course overview;
    • What is facilitation;
    • Know yourself and your group;
    • Getting started;
    • Getting work done (task tools);
    • Handling challenges;
    • And completing work.
    Lesson plans, Participant's Manual, and overheads are included.... Read More
    ZIP
    Approximately 250 pages

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    Available Training Opportunities

    • Available Online - How To Develop Effective Performance Objectives
      This e-course takes a trainer on a journey through the challenging process of developing performance objectives that extend learning from the classroom to the workplace.
    • Starts Aug. 29, 2016 - Learning and Performance Symposium
      The National Institute of Corrections has been a center of corrections learning for 40 years. The Academy Division invites you to be a part of visioning the next forty years and the role of leadership, innovation and collaboration in our future success! During this interactive session, we will bring together Learning and Performance professionals to address the most pressing issues facing corrections learning today including: • Ensuring learning and performance competency development • Continuing professional development of learning and performance professionals • Leveraging technology for learning in corrections • Facilitating Collaborative efforts for collective goals • Applying research to corrections learning and performance.
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