In years past, research pointed to the type of learner you were - visual, auditory or kinesthetic – and while the basis of that research is still relevant, Dr. Will Thalheimer a Learning-and-Performance Consultant believes there is a better way. He recently came up with the Decisive Dozen – 12 ways he believes are the most effective methods for individuals to retain and apply their learning to the everyday work environment.
Below is a synopsis of his findings with a twist: integrating technology offerings that can help each learner retain the message long after the meeting is over.
Content is Key
First, develop key takeaways that learners can put to use immediately when they leave the session. For example, if your team is learning about ways to use the new workplace technology rentals in the office, what three things can they do when they leave the training? Bottom line: If they can’t use it, don’t bother mentioning it.
Second, give them the most important information upfront. Prioritize your agenda and develop a descending order of importance. If you don’t get to the last four items on the list, it won’t be a problem.
Third, be sure to vary the process. The use of photographs, video, interactive group learning and storytelling are all great ways to deliver a message that sticks.
Last, give the audience ways to easily retrieve the content when they need it. Recording the meeting and slicing it up into 2-4 minute searchable video snippets is an easy way to access the information. In addition, using iPad rentals as second screens that allows meeting participants to take notes within the presentation and save it to the cloud or send it to their email, will allow them to efficiently reference the materials in the future.
Gather Feedback and Be Repetitive
It is important to gather feedback along the way to determine what learners are having trouble with and what topics they are sailing through. While there are many ways to garner this information, I recommend arming participants with mobile devices that have audience response apps on them to allow presenters or trainers to poll them often - before, during and after the program.
In addition, it is important to design a tool that allows for repetition during and after the program. Many organizations are now using pulse surveys where one question about a topic comes up when an employee signs into the Intranet or a particular application. Another popular method is mandatory testing of a topic “x” amount of days or weeks after the program and where employees will not “pass” until they answer a certain percentage of the questions correctly.
In the end, repetition helps cement your material in the mind of the participant.
Work On Repetition Spacing
The last thing to take into consideration is spacing of your repetition. Too far out and participants will forget what they experienced and too close together and they will consider it annoying. This will require some trial and error, but the more complex the topic the more repetition it may require.
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