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Tip #822: A Great Action Plan

On May 11, 2020, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #822: A Great Action Plan

“Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.” Cornelius Fichtner

In last week’s Tip, I referenced Will Thalheimer’s triggered action planning , in which a learner identifies goals, the situations when the need for a goal-related action will arise, and the specific actions to be taken when in those situations. It is one way to encourage transfer of learning from the training session back to the participant’s worksite.

Emma Weber also has an action plan called a Turning Learning into Action Action Plan. She proposes that the participant will work through the plan in several one-on-one telephone post-training coaching sessions.

The plan has five columns. The first column asks: “What are you trying to achieve? What … Read the rest

Tip #817: To Go Virtual or Not

On April 6, 2020, Posted by , In learning activities, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #817: To Go Virtual or Not

“You are doomed to make choices. This is life’s greatest paradox.”  Wayne Dyer

Like so many of us, I am now confronted with the need to go virtual, to go silent, or to wait and hope that, once it comes, our healthy new normal allows group meetings.

My dilemma concerns a 6-day train the trainer program for both new and experienced trainers. The goal of this program is to both teach and model how to design, deliver and facilitate face-to-face interactive classroom learning experiences.

So the question is, can an accelerated learning program go online? Will the synchronous features of WebEx support a rich learning environment?

I want the participants to know how to set up a warm and welcoming … Read the rest

Tip #809: Fact or Fiction? Lecture is Best for Large Groups

On February 10, 2020, Posted by , In learning activities, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #809: Fact or Fiction? Lecture is Best for Large Groups

“A one-size-fits-all lecture is not the way to go about education.” Sal Khan

Fiction. The size of the group has very little to do with the type of learning method. It all depends on the goals of the workshop. If the goal is simply to share knowledge (ideally knowledge unknown to the group participants), then a lecture is appropriate and sufficient. Unbroken lecture can only achieve the learning level of knowledge. However, if the goal is to teach new skills or change attitudes and achieve a higher learning levels: comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation or creation, then the learning method needs to be more participatory: directed large or small group discussion, pop ups, individual worksheets, brainstorming, problem solving, case studies, questionnaires, … Read the rest

Tip #807: Fact or Fiction? Students Learn More in Lectures

On January 27, 2020, Posted by , In learning activities, By , With Comments Off on Tip #807: Fact or Fiction? Students Learn More in Lectures

“A superstar lecturer can explain things in such a way as to make students feel like they are learning more than they actually are.” Louis Deslauriers

Fiction. According to a new Harvard study, published Sept. 4, 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, students learn more when taking part in active learning rather than in lectures.

It is true that active learning requires more effort on the part of students, which they may misinterpret as a sign of poor learning. To better engage students in active learning, this mistaken belief may need to be acknowledged and dismissed at the beginning of a class, possibly using the data from the study.

May your learning be sweet.

Deborah… Read the rest

Tip #798: How to Get Closure on a Learning Activity

On November 11, 2019, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #798: How to Get Closure on a Learning Activity

“What was closure if not a clock? Not an end as everyone imagined, but a beginning.” Celeste Chaney

An article by Susan Landay identifies two steps needed to get closure on a learning activity:

  1. The Debrief—a time for processing and discussion whereby you review, experience and extract key learning points.
  2. The Commitment—when you consciously make the effort to commit the information to memory and, if appropriate, take action in implementing changes. 

Various LinkedIn contributors offered a variety of methods to accomplish each step. I’ve culled my favorites.

For the Debrief:

  • What? So What? Now What?
    The focus of these questions is: What have you learned? So what, what is the significance of the learning? Now what
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Tip #777:  Incorporate physical movement into the training program.

On June 17, 2019, Posted by , In learning activities, By , With Comments Off on Tip #777:  Incorporate physical movement into the training program.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”  Goethe

In his excellent book: The Accelerated Learning Handbook, Dave Meier advises: “Make sure to get people out of their seats and provide opportunities for physical movement and activity as part of the learning process.“ Physical movement has been shown to have a positive impact on learning and retention.

Neurological research indicates that thinking and bodily movement are interconnected in the brain. In fact, the part of the neocortex that governs thinking and problem solving is situated next to the part of the neocortex that controls fine motor functions. Bodily movement also stimulates the secretion of chemicals that are essential for neural network construction in the … Read the rest