Langevin's Train-the-Trainer Blog
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For the first time in recent history, employers are faced with having four generations in the workplace. This can create additional challenges for Learning and Development, as well as classroom instructors. While all generations prefer their learning is relevant, timely, participative, and beneficial to them, there are, however, differences in the instructional techniques and methods a classroom instructor uses to address the needs of each generation.
Topics: generation gap
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Trainers need excellent vocal skills to engage their learners and keep them active in training. Strong vocal skills are important in many other situations as well, both professionally and personally (e.g. interviewing for a new job, going on a date with your special someone, delivering a presentation for your colleagues, etc.). In all these situations, it’s important to concentrate on what you are saying, as well as how you are saying it. Strong vocal communication skills are critical in training and in life, so it’s a good idea to know how to improve them.
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As an instructor, I’ve always placed a lot of value on learners working in small groups (e.g. 4-6 people). The benefits of small group work are many: the sharing of ideas, collaborative problem solving, and complimentary skill sets, to name just a few. Recently, I’ve experienced some learners who expressed a preference to work independently. This can create issues in terms of the dynamics within the group. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics and revisit the best practices for maximizing small group work in training.
When a performance-based review is not a realistic option, a fun way to conduct a non-performance review is in the form of an escape room. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players (often in teams) solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Within a training environment, the classroom is used as the escape room and the course content is used to create the puzzles and riddles.
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Just like a good movie or event, there’s a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” to pull off a successful virtual classroom session. The preparation and actions of the producer are key to the session’s success. I’ll reveal some of these behind the scenes actions by addressing the typical questions asked about producers and their role in the virtual classroom.
In a typical training course, learners spend significant amounts of time completing skill-based activities and exercises. During those exercises, or upon completion of them, each learner should receive feedback on their performance. In a traditional instructor-led course, the feedback process is fairly straight-forward. In virtual training, however, the process of giving and receiving quality feedback might pose a few challenges.
Topics: virtual classroom