In early December, I posted / ranted about how I believe there is too much lecturing or presenting being labelled training. If you haven’t already, check it out Who Here Wants to Listen to Me Talk for 8 Hours?
As the provincial chapter chair for the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD), the national association for workplace training, I spend more time than most speaking with instructional designers, facilitators, and other professionals about how to teach effectively. Whether you are a subject matter expert who has been asked to train or an experienced education professional, mixing up the methods we use to teach is always a challenge.
Here are some of my favourite, positive ways to get creative in the classroom (or online):
* Connect your energizer to the content. For instance, the standard introduce the person next to you activity becomes introduce the person next to you and share the top three questions they want addressed in the training. Compile all challenges and review at the end of training to ensure they are covered.
* Ask learners to bring their laptops, so they can answer a series of questions by searching the internet.
* Give each small group a different question or case study. Have them post their solution in point form on flip chart paper. Then give the groups five minutes at each station as they rotate around each case or question and make comments or suggestions on the other groups’ work.
* Encourage people to switch groups, meet new people, or network by passing out mixed cards. Blue is one group, green is another, etc. Or sort by birthdays (not years, just months.) Or place stickers or marks on their name cards before class, and have them look for others with the same stickers or marks.
* Ask each group to review a different section of the user guide or job aid. Then have them develop a short-answer quiz for the rest of the learners. Or have them create a word mneumonic, like every good boy deserves fudge helps music students remember the notes on a scale. Or a physical movement or cheer.
* Use listening checklists or questions so groups are watching a demo or video to keep learners engaged
What are your favourite strategies for mixing it up in training?