Training programs are not about the trainer, they’re about the learner. We don’t want learners to leave a training program just in awe of the trainer’s knowledge- we want them to also leave feeling confident in their own capability to use what they’ve learned.
So, what do learners need so they can learn what they need to know and be able to do? In other words, what do the learners need from the trainer?
Learners need to:
- be treated with respect
- have their knowledge and expertise acknowledged
- be free from interminable lectures
- be actively involved in their learning
- receive accurate and up to date information
- work with realistic problems and scenarios
- have opportunities to speak and be heard
- be encouraged to ask questions
- receive clear and complete instructions for learning activities
- have choices regarding the nature of their participation
- feel safe and supported
- have a comfortable learning environment
- be able to see and read audiovisuals
- be able to hear participant questions and trainer answers
- be able to make mistakes without embarrassment
- practice what they’ve learned before returning to their worksite
- receive constructive feedback
- have hourly breaks to stay energized and process what they’ve learned
- measure their progress
- leave confident in their own competence
What other rights should learners have and expect?
May your learning be sweet- and safe.
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