Training and Development Trends

Training and Development Trends

There is no doubt that the old training and development era of standup or classroom training is quickly leaving. Thus, the new learning and performance era that encompasses coaching and guiding learners is replacing it. Learning theory is moving to the next level.

Let’s take a look at learning strategies and methods. Using technology availability and shifts, delivery systems, and the business environment, in general, are driving the evolution toward blended (classroom and technology-based learning) at a fast pace.

Learning and Performance professionals and organizations that fail to accept and embrace this metamorphosis will certainly regret it later as they lose professional competence and suffer competitively.

If you missed it, there was a good overview article related to these trends offered on http://www.trainingindustry.com. Good reading and thought-provoking.

Training and Development Trends by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

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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).

Lastly, 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 www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

The Importance Of Engaging Participants in Adult Learning Environments

The Importance Of Engaging Participants in Adult Learning Environments

The Importance Of Engaging Participants in Adult Learning Environments

Learning occurs in different ways for each adult learner. There is no one right way of presenting information and sharing your knowledge in order to assist the assimilation of knowledge and skills. Unfortunately, many trainers and educators do not realize or capitalize on this fact. Instead, they often provide information in a traditional lecture-based manner or in their own preferred format in hopes that everyone will get something out of it. The sad fact is that in many instances this strategy fails a percentage of learners in their group.

The Importance Of Engaging Participants in Adult Learning Environments by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

Rather than taking a narrow delivery approach of using one or two methods through which you provide information, consider better ways to address learner needs. By tapping into adult learning theory and actively involving learners, you can help learners maximize learning outcomes. Think about the three primary learning styles or modalities (e.g. visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) and the various ways in which the brain best processes information. Also, look for ways to create a learning environment that continually challenges and stimulates the brain, and that supports the message that you are delivering.

Many options exist for getting people involved in the learning process and to have them share ideas and information. You can use energizer activities, puzzles, learning games, question and answer (Q&A) segments, interim reviews, role-plays, demonstrations, brainstorming, and many other events to challenge learners and get them to participate actively in their learning. You are often limited only by own imagination and desire to try other approaches.

For additional ideas and learning strategies that can be used to create an experiential learning environment that applies brain-based learning research and actively engages adult learners, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning, Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage People, and Training Workshop  Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events That Gets Results. 

Differences Between Traditional Learning and Experiential Learning

Differences Between Traditional Learning and Experiential Learning

Differences Between Traditional Learning and Experiential Learning

Traditional learning for adults has been used for decades with some minor changes introduced during the period. There are significant differences between this form of training and education and experiential or accelerated learning.

Differences Between Traditional Learning and Experiential Learning by The Creative Trainer

In both approaches, learning outcomes are the ultimate goal. Some major differences are that the target audience (individual[s] vs. group [s}) and the learning strategies applied to the learning environment during a training session. Additionally, experiential learning environments are more interactive and engaging for learners and use a variety of learning strategies in order to address multiple learning styles.

For hundreds of approaches for actively engaging learners through experiential learning (accelerated learning) techniques, designing creative training environments which incorporate brain-based learning research, and relating training initiatives to adult learning theory, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Energize Your Training: Tips and Techniques To Engage Learners.

Learn about 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. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Creating An Enriched Adult Learning Environment Can Aid Learner Retention

Creating An Enriched Adult Learning Environment Can Aid Learner Retention

In the past twenty-five years, brain researchers have made many wonderful discoveries about how the human brain functions and processes information into memory. The result is that adult educators, trainers, and facilitators have redefined what a successful training environment should look like. They have also developed a plethora of brain-based learning strategies to tap into the three primary learning styles (e.g. visual learning, auditory learning, and kinesthetic learning).

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Through the use of accelerated learning approaches that actively engage the brains of adult learners, participants typically become a more intricate component in the learning process. For example, they use learning strategies such as getting participants to work individually or in small groups to identify issues or situations that they commonly encounter on the job, and then work to find solutions. This often encourages them to take ownership of the end product or ideas. Because of that, learners are more likely to use what they come up with and ensure the transfer of training to the workplace. This all relates to the adult learning theory that Malcolm Knowles proposed decades ago.

By using experiential learning techniques and a variety of learning strategies, such as the use of props, incentives, music, color, motion, and others creative training elements, tied to the activities described above, session leaders can increase the chance that adult learners will better gain, regain, recall and use what they experience.

For hundreds of ideas, activities, learning strategies, and suggestions for creating a stimulating learning environment for your adult learners get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners.

Learn about Robert W. Lucas

Listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South & Southeast, also known as ‘Bob’ 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).

Robert 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 www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Many trainers and facilitators of adult learning often struggle to find ways to gain the attention of their participants at the beginning of a training session or to regain it following a break, group activity, or exercise.

Here are some simple ways to accomplish this task by using novel noisemakers, if you find yourself in such situations. All of these items can be found through a search on the Internet (www.amazon.com) or by visiting local stores.

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

Slide whistles. For smaller classrooms or groups, you can get a variety of novel, fun, and loud party noisemakers at party stores, many general merchandise stores (e.g. Wal-Mart and Big Lots), and on www.amazon.com.

Metal gongs. These classic musical instruments are basically a metal disk similar to a toy Frisbee that is suspended from a small stick and struck by a wooden mallet to make a sound.

Teacher’s classroom bell. For smaller group sessions, these teachers’ classroom bells work well to gain attention or signal quiet. You can often find these in local teacher supply stores.

Squawkin’ chicken. These rubber chicken actually serve multiple purposes. When you squeeze the toy and release, a loud squawking sound is omitted. The larger 18-inch versions are better for larger groups (e.g. 25 or so participants). You can also use these humorous items to point to flip chart or slide information.

Metal Cowbells. These are simple to use bells that by shaking make a loud clacking sound to attract attention. Available in party supply stores.

For additional creative learning strategies and ideas that can help turn your training into brain-based learning events where you use a variety of accelerated learning or experiential learning techniques, get copies of The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

Tying Active Learning to Adult Learning Theory

Tying Active Learning to Adult Learning Theory

Tying Active Learning to Adult Learning Theory

Ever since adult learning pioneer Malcolm Knowles developed his adult learning theory, other practitioners of accelerated learning (also called experiential learning) have validated his theoretical tenets and expanded on the breadth of knowledge related to the topic.

One key element of Knowles’ findings is that by actively engaging adult learners through the use of a variety of learning strategies in which adult learning games and other creative techniques engage participants, the potential for transfer of training is increased.

Tying Active Learning to Adult Learning Theory by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

When married to brain-based learning strategies and the addition of common environmental elements, such as light, color, smells, music, fun, novelty, and others, adult learning styles are engaged and brain functioning is potentially enhanced. An outcome of such environments is that learners are more likely to gain, retain, recall, and use what they have experienced.

For specific brain-based learning ideas and strategies, get copies of Creative Learning: Activities and Games That Really Engage Learners, The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning and Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners.

Add Visual Imagery Activities As Part of Your Experiential Learning Problem Solving Process Training

Add Visual Imagery Activities As Part of Your Experiential Learning Problem Solving Process Training

Add Visual Imagery Activities 

If you are attempting to teach problem-solving techniques to adult learners, one training strategy to get learners involved in experiential learning or accelerated learning environments is to use visual imagery exercises. Such active learning strategies encourage adult learners to become active participants in the learning process.

In such an activity, participants are asked to close their eyes and imagine or visualize themselves in an environment that you suggest and using the information or processes they have learned to successfully complete a task. For example, in a training session on the problem-solving process, you might ask them to relax and imagine an environment in which they are using the steps to a decision-making process that you have taught them to solve workplace problems.

Add Visual Imagery Activities As Part of Your Experiential Learning Problem Solving Process Training

Encourage participants to involve as many senses as possible and guide them through the imagery by asking questions like:

  • What does the environment look like currently?
  • How does it feel to do (whatever the process entails)?
  •  How does it look as you are performing (the activity)?
  • What positive feedback do others give you as a result of your actions?
  • What is the final outcome after you successfully performed the task?

For additional creative training ideas and experiential learning strategies tied to brain-based learning research, get a copy of my book, The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.

What Is Accelerated Learning?

What Is Accelerated Learning?

What Is Accelerated Learning?

Accelerated learning (A.L.) (a.k.a. experiential learning) is based on an educational concept called suggestopedia that was developed by Bulgarian psychiatrist – psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov. The goal of the teaching and learning process was to reduce the time it took to learn a foreign language.

What Is Accelerated Learning? – The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

In A.L. instructors and educators capitalize on what brain researchers by tapping the knowledge of how the brain best gains, retains, recalls, and uses what it experiences. The goal of learning events is to help learners better assimilate new knowledge into current memory in order to form a better understanding and ability to use what they learn.

In effect, trainers and educators apply A.L. principles as they strive to facilitate learning by using creative learning strategies and techniques based on the manner in which humans learn naturally. A major component of this process is to develop a creative learning environment in which elements, such as, active learner engagement, sound, music, color, light, vegetation, movement, motion, and others are built into program design. Through the use of various types of learning strategies that actively address all three learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), engage multiple senses, and use repetition, the brain can more effectively grasp and retain concepts, ideas, and general knowledge.

For creative ideas and strategies for developing your own brain-based learning environment to actively engage your learners and better facilitate knowledge exchange, get copies of Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners and The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.