Using Adult Learning Activities and Flip Charts to Engage Adult Learners
Many trainers, adult educators, and facilitators search for group activities, training ideas, adult learning activities, and various strategies to tap into brain research on how people learn best in order to enhance their training sessions.
One simple technique is to use flip charts (or flipcharts, if you prefer) in order to get your adult learners actively engaged in a brainstorming or problem-solving session by having them “scribe” or write flip chart content for you.
Using Adult Learning Activities and Flip Charts to Engage Adult Learners by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger
Here is how this works:
- Cut a standard sheet of flip chart paper into 4 inches (appx 10cm) strips and pass them out to each participant;
- Give each person a flip chart marker (water-based);
- Ask a question that is pertinent to your session content. For example, in a customer service session, you might ask something like: “What one way could we better serve our customers?”;
- Have them write down a short statement for their response (e.g. Follow-up to ensure their satisfaction);
- Once everyone has finished, have them bring their sheet to the front of the room and tape it to a blank sheet of flipchart paper (from the top down);
- As they post their comment, have them verbally share it and expand/answer questions about their idea;
- Once everyone has completed the task, spend a few minutes summarizing their ideas and relating it to other session content covered to that point and answer any questions they have before moving on.
For additional creative ideas on how to participants in adult learning environments or for making, using, transporting and storing flip charts, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.