Workshop Session | Wednesday, June 27 | 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Track: Content Development

SMEs are crucial to the success of most training plans. But, as instructional designers, we may need to help a SME articulate what exactly a given task entails, especially in crucial safety-related training courses. So, this is where creating good terminal learning objectives (TLOs) comes into play. The presentation allows TICE participants to engage in writing TLOs through a hands-on, fun activity.

What will you learn?

  • Challenges faced when one must design a comprehensive employee qualification program.
  • Amtrak’s approach for designing terminal learning objectives.


Trent Bartholomew, M.Ed., CPTM, Lead Instructional Designer, Amtrak
Trent began his career in learning and development over 30 years ago as an adjunct instructor in the post-secondary career education field. He has been an instructional designer, curriculum developer, faculty mentor, program dean, dean of education, and finally, the director of academic training and faculty development, serving over 40 campuses and over 1, 400 instructors across the country.
His interest in travel and education earned him a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to Poland and Hungary. And to further share his love of teaching, he volunteered to teach English for Global Volunteers at a high school in Puglia, Italy. So, traveling and writing—not to mention seeking out the world’s cuisines so that he can recreate them in his own kitchen—keep him engaged in the learning process.
As the lead instructional designer for the safety, compliance and training department at Amtrak, Trent is currently designing an all-encompassing training program designed to assist employees in becoming qualified instructors. In addition, he is redesigning the entire Signal Maintainer qualification program to ensure that all federally mandated safety standards are being met.