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    This case provides solutions to the following training questions:
    1. Differentiate between formal and informal training methods and provide an example of each method.
    2. Discuss two forms of instructional design models, traditional and rapid models, and the advantages and disadvantages of using one instead of the other.
    3. Describe an effective training experience that you have had and what made it successful.
    4. Compare and contrast three different training methods and state which you prefer for your style of learning and why. Be sure to identify your style of learning.

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    1. Formal training usually has a declared focus or intent, may be conducted in a classroom-like setting, and may include a certificate of completion or similar document. Informal training is incidental in nature and likely the most common form of training in organizations. There is no defined structure and often "training" evolves out of a conversation amongst an employee and manager; or even peer-to-peer. An example of formal training in the human resources arena would be a class on 2012 employment law updates. The speaker is an attorney, the class is held in a conference room, and attendees are provided materials on the topic. By contrast, informal training occurs when one coworker assists another in setting up formulas within an Excel spreadsheet. There is no structure and it is often not a training event that has been planned; rather one employee assisting another or even a small group of others.

    2. Two forms of instructional design models include constructivist theory (from the 1990s) and the ...

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    This four question case differentiates between formal and informal training methods; providing examples of each. The solution also delves into advantages and disadvantages of different design models. The solution is over 650 words in length.