“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
“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” Francis Bacon
“Retrieval practice” or the “testing effect” involves testing yourself on an idea or concept to help you remember it. According to Roddy Roediger, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis who runs the university’s Memory Lab: “The actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”
As early as 350 B.C., Aristotle wrote that ‘exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory.” So this is hardly a new concept. However, according to Roediger, the focus of recent learning and memory studies has been how to acquire knowledge rather than how to retrieve it.
Mark McDaniel, Roediger’s colleague, … Read the rest
“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
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Duke Ellington
I was washing my hands this morning and started to sing “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream” in my head. Over twenty years ago, during my train the trainer program in St. Louis for SSM Health Care System, a nurse used this song in her facilitated practice session. She taught us that the best way to make sure we had thoroughly washed our hands was to sing this verse twice to ourselves.
Now, twenty years later, I still do that. Isn’t that amazing?
So why have I retained that? I think it is because she … Read the rest