Getting Adult Learners Actively Engaged
One point to remember when designing activities and planning your delivery strategy when conducting adult learning training sessions or educational courses is that some learners may be uncomfortable being a focal point in front of others. This fact may create challenges if you call upon them directly for role play or ask them to share their ideas and information, be a small group leader, or read material to others. The cultural background could contribute to their reluctance.
Getting Adult Learners Actively Engaged by The Creative Trainer
For example, many people in Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures teach their children to respect their teacher (instructor) and those who are older or from a higher social class and not to question or challenge them. Their hesitation might also be due to their personality style or because they are more introverted versus extroverted. Because of learner comfort level, you may have to rethink activities, session format and overall structure of the content and delivery.
For additional ideas on how to effectively designing, developing and delivering adult learning training sessions, actively engaging an adult learner and strategies for creating an effective brain-based learning environment, check out Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners, Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events That Get Results and The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.
Who is Robert W. Lucas?
Listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South & Southeast, Bob Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert who specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. He has four decades of experience in customer service, human resources development, and management in a variety of organizational environments. Bob was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Bob has lived, traveled and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics.