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4 Standards for Consistency in Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 8/7/17 8:00 AM
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Consistency is key in training, and is extremely important as part of your instructional design best practices when creating courses for adult learners. As it turns out, consistency in puppy training is also essential. While puppies and adults are not necessarily alike, I believe there are some similarities when it comes to training. 


As a gift, my parents decided to get my toddler a puppy. Thankfully, they are keeping it at their house! As you know, a new puppy means puppy training...oh joy! For the past week, my family and I embarked on the wonderful adventure of training a puppy, while also training a toddler about the puppy. Let me paint a picture for you: four adults and one toddler (each with their own style and opinion on how to train a puppy), rain and cold weather, and cold and flu season. Picture painted? 


Needless to say, it was a tough week with a lot of “accidents.” After reflecting on what we could have done differently, I realized that lack of consistency in training was the major problem. Each of us had a different approach and method for training the puppy (bathroom, biting, jumping, etc.) which meant this poor puppy was receiving different messages on where to go, when to go, and what was good (and bad). To top it off, the puppy was also receiving varied “rewards” and “consequences.” 


Now, how does this connect to adult learners? Well, below are four standards I believe are beneficial for adult learners (and puppies!): 

1. Consistent standards outlined and taught by all instructors

2. Repetition of the task being learned 

3. Immediate feedback, praise, and discussion of opportunities for the task 

4. Rewards and recognition when the task is performed to the standard 


So, remember, when training an adult learner, consistency, repetition, and timely feedback are imperative to his/her success. If you want to add more adult learning principles to your training toolbox, check out Langevin’s How Adults Learn workshop—now offered in both instructor-led and virtual classroom formats! 

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Beth has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Beth began her training career in 2006 and believes, while training needs to be educational, it also needs to be fun! Outside of the classroom, Beth enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, playing volleyball, photography, and travelling. She hopes to one day visit India during the Festival of Lights, Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration, Rio for the Carnival, and China for the Chinese New Year.

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