Tip #726:  The Science of Training: Part Three

On June 18, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #726:  The Science of Training: Part Three

“Learning experiences are like journeys. The journey starts where the learning is now, and ends when the learner is successful. The end of the journey isn’t knowing more, it’s doing more.”  Julie Dirksen

Mary Hoddy,  UW Academic Staff Emerita, Facilitator and Consultant, offered this information during a train the trainer program and I thought it was so perfect I should share it with you.

It is a table titled The Science of Training: A Summary. It shows what needs to happen before the training, during the training and after the training. It was published by Global Learning Partners and is a summary of research published by Eduardo Salas, Scott Tennenbaum, Kurt Kraiger and Kimberly Smith-Jentsch: The Science of Training Read the rest

Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

On February 23, 2015, Posted by , In training resources, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” Amelia Barr

I was recently looking through a magazine that offers various tactile objects for trainers to buy for their participants. There were objects of many different of shapes and colors that I’m sure would be appealing and engaging. I even have some of them: glitter wands, Koosh balls, star-shaped squeezable balls and large dice.

But, by far, the very best tactile object that trainers can provide on their participants’ tables is the simple pipe cleaner.

Pipe cleaners are colorful. They come in all of the colors of the rainbow.

They are pliable. They can be twisted into an infinite number of shapes, limited only by the participants’ imagination and creativity.… Read the rest

Tip #490: How to Avoid an 85% Post-Training Loss of Learning

On November 4, 2013, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #490: How to Avoid an 85% Post-Training Loss of Learning

“The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.” B. F. Skinner

Research by Robert O. Brinkerhoff shows that only 15 percent of what is learned during training will be applied on the job if it is not reinforced and monitored.

So what does that mean for us as trainers and facilitators?

We need to actively involve our participants’ managers and supervisors in the training.

Ideally, they should be the individuals who originally identified the need for training, so they have a vested interest in the outcome. If that is the case, it would be helpful to have the participants create action plans during class that commit them to apply what they have learned.

There … Read the rest