Tip #612: Moving SMEs to Interactive Learning

On March 14, 2016, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #612: Moving SMEs to Interactive Learning

“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.” Sue Grafton

An international organization asked for suggestions regarding how to move their highly technical subject matter experts (SMEs) from reliance on lecture and PowerPoint to interactive learning in 1.5 hour modules.

These were my recommendations:

  1. Ask the SMEs exactly what they want the participants to know or be able to do when they leave the session. This will give you the content portion of the goal- what the participants will learn.
  1. Make sure you also find out why the participants will want to learn this- what will they do with the information or skills imparted?
  1. Provide a reality check- there is only so
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Tip #168: Interactive versus Experiential Learning

On April 21, 2007, Posted by , In learning activities, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #168: Interactive versus Experiential Learning

Interactive learning strategies and experiential training methods are often considered interchangeable. However, it is possible to make a distinction between them.

Interactive learning strategies engage learners by allowing them to actively participate and verbally respond within the learning environment. Group discussion, case studies, questionnaires, and crossword puzzles easily fall within this category, which is characterized by mental stimulation and verbal expression.

Experiential training methods engage learners physically, mentally and emotionally in a multisensory experience. Simulation, visualization, dramatization, role plays and physical movement easily fall within this category, which is characterized by emotional stimulation and physical expression.

However, the design and facilitation of a training method will ultimately determine whether it is interactive, experiential, or both. For example, physical movement … Read the rest