Tip #930: Make Experiential Learning Feel Safe for Introverts

“Everyone should have an opportunity to learn in a positive environment, to enjoy the learning process, and feel comfortable and content with it.”  Barry Saide In a recent article in Entrepreneur, Angela Cox identifies a number of problems with many gamification-style learning experiences. She notes that they can marginalize and make introverts feel unsafe and […]

Tip #925: Active and Playful Learning is Appreciated Everywhere

“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. “ G. K. Chesterton Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences. A case in point: […]

Tip #915:  Forty Ways to Leave Your Trainees

“The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.”  G. K. Chesterton There are various states of mind that trainers can stir in their trainees. Some of these states of mind are desirable and others are not. With an […]

Tip #868: How to Immediately Get Learner Engagement

“Teaching is a strategic act of engagement.” James Bellanca I absolutely hate repeating something without providing proper attribution. I usually note down sources, so I don’t know why I didn’t in this case. Unfortunately, after two hours trying to locate the source of the following information, I have been unsuccessful. I offer abject apologies to […]

Tip #864: Great Virtual Learning Activities- Part Two

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert In the last Tip, I shared virtual learning activities for developing preprogram content, starting-before-you-start, and helping participants minimize distractions- all drawn from Cindy Huggett’s Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide […]

Tip #863: Great Virtual Learning Activities- Part One

“Virtual training: a highly interactive, synchronous online, instructor-led training class, with defined learning objectives, that has geographically dispersed participants, each one individually connected using a web classroom platform.” Cindy Huggett I’ve just finished reading Cindy Huggett’s Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide to Live Online Learning. It is excellent, and I strongly recommend […]

Tip #858: Kinesthetic Activities for Virtual Training Programs- Part Two

“Movement can be an effective cognitive strategy to (1) strengthen learning, (2) improve memory and retrieval, and (3) enhance learner motivation and morale” Eric Jensen There are kinesthetic activities that can be used to get participants up and out of their seats during virtual presentations. Six that immediately come to mind include:  (1) common ground […]

Tip #857: Kinesthetic Activities for Virtual Training Programs- Part One

“The corpus callosum facilitates more efficient learning and recall for both verbal and visual information.”   Lynn K. Paul By its very nature, the virtual world is static. We spend the day seated and glued to our computer screens as we attend virtual meetings, watch webinars, and participate in virtual training programs. Creative trainers and presenters take advantage of the […]

Tip #852:  Action Learning

“There can be no learning without action, and no action without learning.” Reg Revans We are creating a list of activities that the employees of the United Way of Dane County can practice to deepen and implement their learning. Our model is 70-20-10 in that the greatest number of activities will involve learning from direct […]

Tip #846:  VILT Questions

“Teachers can’t simply take a face-to-face lesson and put it online and expect great learning to happen.” Callie Bush Like many of you, I’ve been “pivoting” to virtual training formats. For the past few weeks, I’ve been converting classroom training into virtual training. The process is not seamless by any means. I’ve had little experience […]

Tip #838:  Best Use of Virtual Meeting Tools

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“Building psychological safety in virtual teams takes effort and strategy that pays off in engagement, collegiality, productive dissent, and idea generation.” Amy C. Edmondson and Gene Daley There is a wonderful article in the Harvard Business Review  by Amy C. Edmondson and Gene Daley about “How to Foster Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings.” Based on […]

Tip #834: Virtual Design in Practice

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“Learning is more effective when it is an active rather than a passive process.” Kurt Lewin I have become a devotee of Cynthia Clay, President and CEO of NetSpeed Learning Solutions. She is a charming and masterful presenter. I find her programs on virtual design incredibly useful and instructive. Her website offers many wonderful resources […]