Tip #508: Separating the Necessary From the Nice to Know

On March 10, 2014, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #508: Separating the Necessary From the Nice to Know

“Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended.” Ted W. Engstrom

I am in the process of finalizing a 22-day business management program for the owners of private medical practices in Africa and in other underdeveloped countries. It was a huge challenge and the program is almost complete. When all of the materials (the facilitator guides, agenda tables, participant materials, PowerPoint slides, pre- and post-tests with answer keys, and additional reference materials for both the half-day and full-day programs) have been properly branded by the United States Agency for Industrial Development, they will be placed on a dedicated website so that any trainer can find and use them.

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Tip #367: How to Incorporate Participatory Activities When Time is Limited

On March 21, 2011, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #367: How to Incorporate Participatory Activities When Time is Limited

“Life is entirely too time-consuming.” Irene Peter

“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” Charles Buxton

There are excellent reasons to incorporate participatory activities that engage an audience, even when time for a presentation is very limited. Luckily, there are also many quick and simple learning activities that are very participant-centered.

First of all, why should trainers and presenters incorporate participatory learning activities into their presentations? If the intent of the lecture is to educate rather than simply entertain, then some level of learning is clearly desired. Lecture alone will not provide any feedback about whether or not the audience has “bought into” the ideas presented or learned anything. The audience … Read the rest