Some insights on „How to provide a good learning experience?“
Facts and Figures – Processes & Humans being more
A good learning experience is reached, if
- something new is learned (the intended goal)
- a new task can be successfully processed,
- one can adopt learned to similar or new things
- it is empowering, adding new impulses to life
The playing ground
In a good learning environment the given tools (software, hardware, learning material, additional information resources) help each participant to learn a specific issue by actually doing it. The software therefore must run smoothly and as intended.
Make sure beforehand that this prerequisite, besides others, is fulfilled. Otherwise you run into severe problems not to meet the desired results. If you find errors you can probably fix them or have time to get others involved to take a look into it.
You cannot handle everything on your own but what you can do is, be prepared to communicate and to address issues properly. It is a question of cooperation rather than a one man show. Cooperation includes the people in the „background“, the staff of the seminar management and the participants of the seminar.
Make sure the goal is defined, understood and agreed upon. This usually has to do with facts, figures and processes to be learned.
Make sure you know the subject – Make sure the audience knows the subject.
It may sound obvious but it can happen that inhouse classes are the place where employees get first hand information for the first time, especially when major reorganisations in a company take place. In this case you may get confronted with anxieties and fears which is normal, as too many changes take place at once, letting people feel like loosing ground. You must make sure which kind of questions are part of the seminar or class and which questions have to do with the reorganisation or other issues.
This distinction in mind helps you
- keeping the seminar on track
- collecting the other questions for better processing during or after the „official“ part.
It has a positive impact on the learning experience, if done so.
Make sure you know your audience. How to find out about it? – Ask.
If you dont know, who is involved you dont know whether or not you deal with a homogenous or inhomogenous group of people.
What is that?
A homogenous group is a number of people with the same level of knowledge and thus presumed understanding of a given issue. An inhomogenous group is a number of individuals with different levels of knowledge and understanding.
no knowledge in applying a software
some knowledge – basic
expert. Doing it for a long time.
You must know that. It doesn’t help you, the participant and your company if you stress the point that a certain entry level is obliged. If you know, you can organize information which suits these different levels better. Please keep in mind that a given situation of mixed levels of knowledge and understanding is not a question of good or bad, and the answer is not to blame them or others.
Everything has it s own rhythm. So a group of people meeting in a seminar too. It helps to provide a good learning experience, if you ask your audience whether the rhythm of your voice suits them – too loud, too low, too fast, too slow? Or just fine? Question mark. Depending on the answers you can adust your behaviour. Do not underestimate this fine tuning.
Let every participant be part of the learning process
Invite everybody to take the chance to actively share their individual knowledge with their colleagues or fellow students. It adds value, if each participant communicates her or his learned achievements directly with each other.
Humans being more
A good learning experience exceeds teaching facts, figures and processes. It enriches people’s lives. Be respectful, empathetic, loving and caring – actually be human as the people you are dealing with are humans too.
If you read this line, I thank you for your patience hoping that what you read meets the topic: That you had a good learning experience. 🙂
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