Brain Based Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners Can Increase Learning Outcomes

Brain-Based Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners Can Increase Learning Outcomes

Adult learners gain and retain more when they are an active part of the learning process. To effectively engage and energize your participants, you must build a variety of learner-centered activities into each of your sessions. Such involvement can be the result of individual and/or group activity. In whatever format, involvement can lead to more confident, independent, and self-managed learners.

Learning Strategies That Actively Engage Learners

To really take advantage of the concepts of brain-based learning, it is important to apply experiential learning strategies and get learners actively engaged. The lecture is typically not the answer for effectively sharing information, teaching new skills, and helping adult learners assimilate knowledge. Be careful not to automatically assume the role of “expert” as you step into a training room. Use activities that will draw participants out so that their knowledge, skills, and abilities are also tapped to enhance learning.

With all the creative resources in print, on the Internet, and available through other sources, there is little reason for you to do all the work in stimulating learning. There are literally thousands of ideas and accelerated learning strategies already developed and proven to teach knowledge and skills on virtually any topic. These can be adopted or adapted or you can create your own in order to provide an effective high-energy training environment for learners.

Increase Learning Outcomes by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

If you want more ideas on ways to actively engage learners and activities that make learning fun and more effective, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Robert W. Lucas 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. To contact Bob visit his website at or his blog

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