The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Management Development Programs offers a wide variety of training to public sector employees.  The longest running program at the Glenn is MAPS (Management Advancement for the Public Sector).  MAPS trainings are one day seminars on a variety of soft skill topics.  Courses offered through MAPS range from leadership, management skills to creative thinking and presentation skills. In the 2017-2018 MAPS season there are 53 unique seminars.  MAPS seasons runs from September to May.

Currently, these training seminars do not offer anything outside of the classroom.  At the end of the day a student receives a certificate of completion and their learning is finished.  Which leaves most students, even those with the best of intentions, with little reinforcement of the ideas they just learned.  What’s from stopping a student from going back to work the next day and forgetting everything they just learned?  How do students

Trying to answer those questions is what drove the idea for my project.  How better to reinforce learning by creating reinforcement points for these one day seminars.   The idea was pitched  to the Director of Management Development Programs, Maria Mone, on December 1st, 2017.  She was on board with the idea, but I left the pitch meeting with some additional things I needed to work out.  After a successful discussion about what the points would look like, myself and my advisor, Rick, came up with a timeline and tasks that needed to be completed.

Please visit my practicum website for what happened next at: http://u.osu.edu/gintert.5/

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