Tip #441: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part Two

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“There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand I”.  Charles Kettering

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are at least 35 ways to check learner comprehension at the close of a training session. Last week’s Tip looked at 15 Paper-Based closing activities. This week’s Tip will look at Spoken Word, Materials and Movement -based closing activities.

With only one or two exceptions, these learning activities are also completely self-directed. This means that the facilitator simply provides the necessary instructions and materials, and then gets out of the participants’ way.

The facilitator will need to allocate from 10 to 50 minutes for these closing … Read the rest

Tip #440: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part One

On October 22, 2012, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #440: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part One

“Much learning does not teach understanding.” Heraclitus of Ephesus

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are at least 35 ways to check learner comprehension at the close of a training session.

These 35 ways to check learning comprehension fall into one of four categories: (1) Paper-Based, (2) Spoken Word-Based, (3) Materials-Based, or (4) Movement-Based. Some of the activities skim the surface of learner comprehension, while others require much deeper thought.

With only one or two exceptions, these learning activities are completely self-directed. This means that the facilitator simply provides the necessary instructions and materials, and then gets out of the participants’ way.

The facilitator will need to allocate from 10 to 50 minutes for … Read the rest

Tip #349: Avoid Mistakes When Timing Learning Activities, Part Two

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“Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” Pearl Buck

There are ten mistakes that trainers frequently make when they plan and schedule time for learning activities. We considered the first five mistakes in last week’s Tip. This Tip discusses the remaining five mistakes.

Mistake #6: Not Building In Extra Time

Learning activities will rarely take the same amount of time with every group. It is important to build in some extra time so that you will be able to handle unanticipated questions or issues and still accomplish the scheduled activity. It is wise to budget for an extra 15-30 minutes for each activity. It is better to have … Read the rest