The NATO SOF Instructor Training (NSIT) course is a hybrid learning solution, designed to be delivered residentially in a classroom, but may also be delivered virtually in less-than-optimal circumstances (Covid-19 restrictions).. It is specifically designed to provide experienced or advanced Instructors, Instructor Supervisors, Course Directors, and Course OPRs / SMEs, with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and maintain engagement and motivation when designing, developing, delivering, or evaluating a lesson in a multi-national, cross cultural environment. Assessment of learning is both formative and summative, with students actively demonstrating their understanding of the material by formatively constructing all components of a lesson plan, and delivering the lesson to the cohort.
This course is delivered with a 3-tiered focus:
1) Students will learn how to plan, develop and deliver lessons focused on specific, student-focused learning objectives. Students will also learn advanced instructional methodologies to include overcoming the fear of public speaking, effective questioning techniques, body language, classroom leadership, formal assessment, and eliciting cooperation and participation from all learners, etc.
2) Students will gain functional knowledge of, and learn their roles/responsibilities in the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) process as a Course Director, Branch Head, and/or Course OPR or SME, in accordance with the NATO Strategic Approach to Training (SAT) method.
3) Students will learn instructional leadership skills and evaluation strategies by formally evaluating one another in class, providing meaningful and constructive feedback, and adhering to mandatory NATO Quality Assurance policies.
The NATO SOF Instructor Training course replaces all previous NSOS instructor courses (Briefings & Presentations / Small Group Facilitation). It was designed, developed, and implemented solely by the office of the NSOS Dean of Academics, and is delivered exclusively by a member of the Dean's office, with no less than a Master's Degree in Education, and 25 years' experience in the education, training, learning, and instructional design community.