By Dr. Sue Cain
The Corporate Learning Institute is a small custom training consultancy that specializes in blending training, coaching and strategy to help organizations align to achieve their goals.
We have learned a lot here at CLI though two decades of training design and delivery. Our clients have become our trusted teachers, friends and collaborators. These same clients have taught us, through active collaboration, feedback and candid discussions, how to make a real difference to their people.
We have outlined what we have learned from our years of practice below:
- Make the training relevant and personal.
- Flip your training with a blended learning approach.
- Include experiential learning.
- Make the training “sticky.”
Make the training relevant and personal
Many employees are assigned to training that they had no or little voice in choosing. It is the consultant’s job to increase readiness and receptivity, essentially helping learner’s to connect with the purpose of the training. This takes extra time and care on the part of the consultant and can include pre-course interviews, support material pre-reads, surveys or discussions.
Flip your training with a blended learning approach
The current popularity of the flipped classroom is no mistake. Before training starts, research suggests that using a blended learning approach, a web-based platform, webinar, or even reading resources prepares learner to “dig in” and apply materials within the classroom. The trick is to keep these materials highly applicable to the learner’s work setting, and short.
Include experiential learning
Hand-on learning builds engagement and motivation. When learners are actively involved in an activity, they are focused on the present. This allows them to put all their energy into working on a job-related challenge alongside others. Planned and facilitated properly, experiential learning provides learners with a real-time case study to try out and learn from without risking real time consequences.
Make the training “sticky”
Training, especially well-designed training that is relevant, blended and include experiential modules, can be made even more effective by including significant follow-up steps. These post-training steps help transfer training gains back to work. These measures can include post-training include action planning sessions, coaching, cascading training to others, and other follow-up measures.
Regardless of the type of training you need, it can be enhanced by following some or all of the best practices discussed above.
To learn more about CLI visit www.corplearning.com.