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5 Ways to Get Learners More Involved in Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/29/18 8:00 AM

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Every winter I do a lot of skiing with my ski club. We own a home in a resort community in Northern New Hampshire in the Mt. Washington Valley. As with many social or business clubs or organizations, it often seems like a small number of people do all the work when it comes to running the club. Perhaps you see this phenomenon happen in your training as well. Try as you might to get everyone to participate, a small number of learners likely do most of the work. You’ve seen them. They raise their hands to answer all your questions, they lead the small group activities, and they volunteer to scribe answers on flip charts and white boards. Instructors absolutely love these people! They take a lot of pressure off the instructor and keep the flow of the course moving.

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Tags: adult learning principles, making training fun

5 Reasons to Play Games in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/15/18 8:00 AM

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Help release the inner child in your participants by playing games in your training sessions. Sure, you’ve likely played Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in your training, but did you ever stop to think about all the benefits of playing those games? How often have you designed a workshop and thought about how to spice things up or add fun and high energy to the learning process? There are many ways to add fun and excitement to your training, but a sure-fire way to do it is to play a short game. Notice I said a short game? Like any activity, games in training should be fun but not too long. If a game goes on too long the learners become bored and will disengage.

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Tags: making training fun, gamification, games in training, instructional design

Adding the Creative Connection in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 9/18/17 8:00 AM

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about training is that it is dull and boring. This is certainly true in cases with huge data dumps of dry material that are heavy on presentation and have little to no hands-on application. This begs the question, “How can we make it different?” It begins with the understanding of what training is, and what it is not, and then designing performance-based training that is lighter on presentation, with most of the time spent on application. We learn by doing, not just watching! We also need to add a creative connection by infusing fun and variety into our training sessions.

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Tags: making training fun, instructor-led training

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