David Boyes is the President of Today’s Class, an online learning organization that has been supporting the automotive industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Today’s Class, David managed software consulting organizations for ABB, Oracle, and Accenture. He holds an MBA from Purdue University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University.
Paul Pate is the Director of Professional Services for Today’s Class. Paul drives the strategy and development of technical content for the groundbreaking, adaptive learning platform – Today’s Class Technician. Paul has demonstrated a proven track record of developing relevant training courses, programs, relationships and partnerships within the automotive industry.
Paul’s passion is helping adults succeed. He has done this by serving in the role of training program developer and training manager. Prior to his most recent experience as a training manager for a major OEM, Paul served as a college Dean of Applied Technologies, and as an automotive instructor. His service in public education lasted for 25 years. Paul earned his Master’s Degree in Instructional and Curricular studies, with an emphasis specifically in adult learner development.
Paul has been an ASE Master Certified Technician for nearly 30 years and holds many other manufacturer level certifications and an SAE credential in Advanced Hybrid Diagnostics. Well versed in the alternative fuels’ technologies of natural gas and hybrid/electric vehicles, Paul has authored numerous technical articles and developed technical curriculum in these areas. As a technical instructor in the alternative fuels area his clients have included Frito Lay/PepsiCo, Fed Ex, UPS, Volvo, Mack, Ford, Chrysler and many others in the U.S. as well as other companies abroad.
Paul has been twice appointed by two different Governors to serve on committees that developed legislation to protect automotive consumers and he has served on committees with ASE and with SAE.
Key Talking Points
- Training during the last 20 years- audience has changed
- Less patient, want information immediately
- Expectations are higher for format and accessibility and desire for information to be targeted
- Make training efficient- jump in and get knowledge, ask and answer questions then move on
- Vehicles are rapidly changing- have to change training from event based to daily part of culture
- Today’s Class
- Focused on what you need to learn
- Focused on data to make experience impactful
- Traditional learning management system (LMS) the learner signs up for a class vs training sessions day to day basis 4-6 minutes long, assesses and trains you from foundation level, as gathers more data it can start push new content, or focus on new release (technology or safety) or knowledge retention
- Confidence plays a role in employee performance- measure confidence and knowledge over time, and track weaknesses through algorithm.
- Employees can evaluate team individually with strengths and weaknesses
- Don’t have “Tests” instead it is termed Adaptive Learning Interactions- wrong answers are greeted with why it was wrong and why the correct answer is correct. Not designed to quiz or test technicians but to teach.
- Technicians enrolled in Today’s Class
- High engagement with technicians logging in multiple times a week because short classes
- Rewards points allows them to compete with each other
- Reassured where online training is going
- Forced businesses to find different way to train
- Todaysclass.com and todaysclasstechnician.com
- Easy to get started and manage
- Thanks to David Boyes and Paul Pate for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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