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Photo by: English via Pixabay
I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!
It always amazes me to see how many things can block the learning process. People are so distracted nowadays. Smart phones present obvious distractions to learning but there are so many other subtle, and not so subtle, ways that can take someone’s focus away from the classroom. Distractions are like thorns in an instructor’s side! We work so hard to make people feel comfortable and to create a pleasant learning environment. What do learners do? Well, sometimes they don’t pay attention or, even worse, they believe they can multi-task and learn at the same time!
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I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to remember all my passwords. I have so many that my mind is exploding trying to retain them! As we move closer to the new year I pledge to make a list of all my passwords and keep them safe. As an instructor, I think it’s also a good practice to make a list of the critical items we need to remember before we teach. This way we can be prepared for every training session!
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Nobody likes conflict. In fact, there’s lots of training available on how to avoid it, how to deal with it, and how to manage it. Conflict can even happen in our training sessions. Trainers often refer to this challenge as “managing difficult learners.” It’s not the learners themselves that are difficult, it’s their behavior. Difficult behaviors can manifest in many ways, including side bar conversations, inappropriate questions, ill-timed electronics usage, and late arrivals.
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Do you know about the four Stages of Learning? In our workshop, How Adults Learn, we introduce new instructors to these important stages. Everyone starts out at stage one as a Novice. At this stage, we can feel nervous and scared because “we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As we progress to the Apprentice stage, we start to realize “how much we still need to learn.”
We have so many passwords to remember for all the various websites we use these days—I’ve found my mind exploding trying to retain them all! To make it easier, I’ve pledged to make a master list of all my passwords so I’ll never forget them. I also think, as professional corporate trainers, it’s a good practice to make a list of all the critical things we need to remember before we deliver a training session. This way we can be as close as possible to perfection in every class!
Have you ever run through an airport to catch a connecting flight, heart pounding, chest heaving, only to end up missing it? If so, then you can relate to not having enough buffer time to get from one airport gate to the next. This experience recently happened to me—I made my flight, but it was too close for comfort and I was so frustrated that the airline hadn’t allowed for enough buffer time.
Tags: instructional design
Everything seems to be virtual these days. Banking, buying goods and services, face-to-face communication, and of course, even online learning. Most of the time, we can accomplish our online activities easily on our own; however, when you deliver synchronous/virtual classroom training for your organization we highly recommend using a producer.
Trainers tell me all the time about the issues they have around using slides in their training sessions. There are too many slides, they’re too wordy, they take too long to create, they must be approved by subject-matter experts—the list goes on and on. When I hear these comments, I shake my head in dismay. Why, you ask? As instructional designers or course leaders, we are the ones who deliver the content—the slides are just visual aids there to enhance what we are doing.
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