As our name implies, PowerTrain creates powerful training. With everything from training needs analysis, design, and development through implementation and evaluation — we’ve got you covered. We develop highly interactive and cost-effective training solutions, performance interventions, games, scenario-based animations and interactions, and mobile apps.
Our goal? Improving the engagement, productivity, performance, safety, health, and job satisfaction of your employees.
PowerTrain also offers training analysis services. If you have a current training program or performance issue, we’ll evaluate its difficulty, importance, and frequency. We’ll map your training objectives to your performance objectives to make sure you’re getting your desired outcome. Alternatively, if you need to build your own training course or curricula, we’ll work with you to clarify your needs and desired outcomes, weigh them against your goals, and develop a comprehensive and effective solution.
We’re expert in developing blended learning solutions as well as interactive and informative web-based training, instructor-facilitated distance learning, and mobile apps. In addition, we securely host Internet training and support clients as they maintain the courses and learning management systems we deploy.
Known for our flexibility and innovative ideas in project design and development, we’ve been on the cutting edge of training analysis, development, and delivery since our inception — and we have extensive experience working with clients to create meaningful and targeted employee education, career and leadership development, and general skills coaching.
With over 20 years’ experience, we have honed our capabilities in several lines of business including:
PowerTrain understands how adults learn. Using the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) Instructional Systems Design (ISD) model — and our own professional expertise in instructional and graphics design and programming — we deliver custom web-based trainings (WBTs) that produce measurable performance improvements.
Let our highly skilled teams of Senior Program Managers, instructional designers, graphic artists, and programmers create your next online learning module. We’ll work closely with you to make sure we meet your time constraints, deadlines, budget, and learning objectives to create engaging and highly interactive courses.
Set your employees up for success by teaching them what they need to know in a way that is interactive and cost-effective. Set them up with a PowerTrain WBT.
At PowerTrain, we understand that any training solution must support and further your organization’s critical mission and long-term goals. This is why we offer numerous training solutions, including traditional instructor-led training (ILT).
Instructor-led training allows an instructor or facilitator to educate groups or individuals in-person by following a PowerTrain-prescribed curriculum. To meet your ILT needs, PowerTrain can develop: a detailed instructor guide, student workbooks, job performance aids and toolkits, assessments, quizzes, surveys, visual aids, and other external educational resources. We even have our own template that provides for instructor guides to quickly become student workbooks (without any rewriting), which saves you time and money.
Instructors may deliver training in a lecture or classroom format, as an interactive workshop, as a demonstration allowing learners to practice certain techniques, or even virtually via virtual conference. We can either provide you with a facilitator, or we can help yours to be a more effective trainer. We engage students with activities and exercises, bringing the content to life.
ILT gives participants the opportunity to openly discuss and analyze the course content, actively engaging in problem situations and solutions. Our ILTs are specifically targeted and customized to help fulfill your organization’s human capital needs. We design the courses with successful facilitation and teaching methods to engage learners and embrace various learning styles, maximizing training opportunities by building a curriculum that supports students from all walks of life.
Ready to invest in your employees’ success? Select a button below to learn more about ILTs or our virtual conference services.
Can't decide whether a web-based or an instructor-led training is best for your organizational needs? Maybe using both will provide the most powerful solution. In this case, PowerTrain's blended learning solutions are for you.
In blended learning, PowerTrain creates an immersive environment where students receive part of the educational content directly from a facilitator, and the rest of the content via computer-mediated activities. Blended learning solutions allow for the best of both worlds, with active and engaging classroom discussions and student control over their time and pace of learning.
We’ll pinpoint the topics that are best taught in a hands-on classroom environment, where engaging discussions and real-life practice occurs — and we’ll separate out the topics that are best explored in an online environment, where time is not an issue and content and resources can be explored in-depth.
Mobile applications provide advanced learning and management tools on-the-go and are becoming the new normal for quick-access learning. Following advancements in computer software development and responsive design, PowerTrain can provide organizations with app-based products to enhance training and learning opportunities.
PowerTrain has already surged into this field with several apps targeted to improving conditions in the workplace. Working alongside the Office of Personnel Management, PowerTrain developed an app to pair with the New Inclusiveness Quotient (New IQ) program put forth across the Federal Government. The New IQ app offers a unique training solution that encourages a more inclusive and diverse work environment. For the Department of Energy, PowerTrain created an app focused on reducing the physical strain of working in a traditional office environment, showing employees options on how to stretch and relieve stress to improve productivity. Another app, “I Speak,” allows Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other employees to quickly identify the language that they are hearing.
Apps are a great training solution for the modern workplace. They’re mobile, casual, engaging, and the content is easily referenced and accessible on a device that is never far from arm’s reach.
Universal accessibility is never an afterthought with PowerTrain. When we develop courses, we consider the challenges faced by people with disabilities, and routinely develop Section 508-compliant courseware for both our Federal and commercial clients. As a matter of fact, many agencies and organizations hire us to validate their course compliance with Section 508 standards and then to “fix” problematic courses.
Over the years, we have refined our Section 508-compliant designs to maximize student interactions while allowing equal access to learning for all. PowerTrain excels at developing courseware that is fully compliant with the requirements of Section 508 to satisfy the needs of persons with disabilities, and that still remains highly engaging to non-disabled users. We recently developed a standardized, web-based set of 508 compliance checklists. With our new system, we ensure consistency in meeting and exceeding the rigorous Section 508 standards set by the Federal Government. And, we employ a course user who is blind to test each of our courses for accessibility.
When we develop your fully-accessible courseware, we’ll go over our standard Section 508 checklists with you in the initial design meeting to make sure that we meet any special requirements that your organization might have. After determining the optimal approach to accessibility, our writers, designers, quality assurance testers, and programmers will use our in-house proprietary Accessibility Compliance Checklists throughout the development process. Upon delivery of the final course, we provide you with a PDF of the completed checklists as a way of certifying 508 compliance.
Learning is for everyone, and our stringent process ensures that our products remain engaging and effective while functioning seamlessly for all.
Let our dynamic team of graphic artists and designers be your next video, animation, graphics, or gaming solution. Creativity is at the core of great graphic design, and PowerTrain’s graphics team is expert in using state-of-the-art tools to bring engaging and dynamic solutions to the table for all your learning needs. Our graphics team enjoys the challenges offered by every new training opportunity.
Make your next training solution fun! Let us create a highly interactive, custom-designed game or animation. Using state-of-the-art animation tools, gamification techniques, and creative real-world scenarios, PowerTrain makes learning come alive in both classroom and web platforms. With our professional development courses, PowerTrain equips and excites your staff to apply learning to the job.
We’ll provide you with an excellent product that represents your organization in a positive, creative, and thought-provoking way. We’ve developed a reputation of excellence and commitment in providing creative solutions to your projects, and we’ll tweak it till you love it!
The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a set of specifications that describes how to create learning content that can be delivered and tracked by a learning management system (LMS). At PowerTrain, all our courseware is SCORM-conformant — and if you already have content that isn’t SCORM, we’re happy to fix that for you!
We use many kinds of LMSs, develop conformant registration and tracking systems, and build hundreds of hours of SCORM-conformant training. The most widely used version is SCORM 1.2, but we can develop training that meets any of the SCORM and TINCAN specifications to work in any LMS.
PowerTrain also uses the ADL CoLab SCORM compliance test to verify proper SCORM compliance. Let us take your non-SCORM-conformant courses and use our automated tools and templates to build the SCORM and XML files your organization requires.