Tip #922:  Lesson Design Distilled Down to Four Key Questions- Part Two

“A good plan is like a road map. It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” Donald Judd There are four lesson design questions that can help a trainer design an engaging and effective learning program, no matter what the format is: (1) What specific, observable, and measurable results are […]

Tip #921:  Lesson Design Distilled Down to Four Key Questions- Part One

“Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended. “ Ted W. Engstrom There are four lesson design questions that can help a trainer design an engaging and effective learning program, no matter what the format is: (1) What specific, observable, and measurable results are desired? (2) […]

Tip #920: How to Help Participants Discover the Benefits of a Training Program

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W.B. Yeats A training program will be more successful if the participants are committed to learning because they recognize how the training will benefit them. This is a determination that they need to make for themselves. If the trainer simply tells […]

Tip #910: How to Use Pre-Work Effectively

“I like the fact that students are taking the responsibility for learning in order to make sure they can be an active participant in the group.” Anon. We assign pre-work for learners to gain knowledge that they will then be able to apply during a training session. This pre-work may include prerecorded lectures, reading materials, […]

Tip #909:  How to Promote Critical Thinking

“Critical thinking requires us to use our imagination, seeing things from perspectives other than our own and envisioning the likely consequences of our position.” Bell Hooks In a recent article, August Welch and Richard Fleming write that the key to effective learning program design is an understanding of intrinsic motivation. They cite three core needs […]

Tip #906: A Four-Step Process to Assess Training Needs

Photo by Vanessa Garcia from Pexels “The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.” Sue Monk Kidd Training needs assessments traditionally sought to identify the knowledge and skills gaps for specific positions. There was no consideration of how the performance of these positions would affect the organization as a whole. Nor was there necessarily […]

Tip #898: Make Hybrid Training Events Equitable and Engaging

“The virtual meeting or training platform is what unites your participants and creates a level playing field.” Cynthia Clay How do you handle a training situation when some learners are in the classroom while others are remote? Hybrid Training is Not New Hybrid training is not new. Prior to virtual platforms, there were always participants […]

Tip #894: A Virtual Lesson Plan Template

 “A good plan is like a road map. It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” Donald Judd I believe in lesson plans, and I have always used one. Having a format to follow makes it so much easier to ensure a learning program that progresses logically, incorporates a variety […]

Tip #893: The New World Kirkpatrick Model

“The New World Kirkpatrick Model will show you how to create an effective training evaluation plan for any program so that you can show the organizational value of your work.” Dr. Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick The New World Kirkpatrick Model enriches the original four evaluation levels with practical considerations and dimensions that impact learning quality […]

Tip #892: The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Learning

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” George Evans The HyFlex, or hybrid flexible course format, involves designing and delivering the same content in-person as well as online in both a synchronous and an asynchronous manner, using activities appropriate for each format. The learners decide how they […]

Tip #888: Jamboard to the Rescue!

“A good tool improves the way you work. A great tool improves the way you think.”  Jeff Duntemann I am going to facilitate a 50-minute virtual program on peer-to-peer collaborative problem-solving in a few weeks. Did I mention that there will be 50-75 executive managers in attendance? The Challenge My challenge is how to manage […]

Tip #887: Different Types of Learning Objectives

”…Learning objectives are more for you as the designer than they are for the learner.” Julie Dirksen In her classic book, Design for How People Learn, Julie Dirksen introduces Wil Thalheimer’s taxonomy of different learning objectives and augments it with what curriculum designers should ask themselves at each stage. I have added examples and notes. […]

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