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Can you really call it a class if no one learns anything?

Okay, so this morning I got tapped to go to a training class on an updated version of our ILS software. We were told that they were going to do the acquisition and cataloging modules in the morning. Well, after sitting in the acquisitions module looking at (seriously) every entry under the menu bar for over an hour, I knew it was going to be a long morning. We spent 2+ hours in the acquisitions module doing stuff that only 2 people in the room will be authorized to do. The freaking headings of some of the sections were 'Managerial authorized blah-blah". Then we take a break, come back and have another 20 minutes of acquistions stuff. Finally, they get to the cataloging module which had been prefaced to us as the module with the most enhancements and changes. We spent 40 minutes in the cataloging module. The trainer did not even go into or show a bibliographic record. Not one. She didn't even talk about the barcoding aspect. She concentrated on things that only my manager will do... then she couldn't even answer my question about macros. If it was outside today's product she had no clue about it. Yes, she said that. Then we broke for lunch and the rest of the group (who had sat through all of this needlessly) was coming back for circ training.

So, I ask you, if you didn't learn anything can you call it a class???


I would have requested mileage reimbursement @$0.36 per mile.

Truthfully most classes I go to are like that. I would much rather have a concise handout than some halfwit who thinks they know what they are doing demonstrate 1/6th of an application's functions.

My 85% rule comes into play again. 85% of the people you meet on any given day are morons.

See also Kruger's "Unskilled and Unaware: How difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments" Most of the trainers I have had lack the skills to know that they have no idea what they are doing.

Oh man, I wish that I could have asked for a mileage reimbursement... but I only had to walk up 2 flights of stairs.

Love the 85% rule, I think that is true.

I just wish that they had sent out an email with the enhancements and not attempted to teach us the stuff. Ah well, it's Friday and now that I am not mad anymore now I can make fun of the stupid class. :-)