I don’t know about you but I have never experienced a time when students just fall upon information in training and was instantly enriched by their newly found knowledge.
Hello. I am an Instructional Designer a.k.a. the Storyteller.
A learning experience is constructed in a way that if you take a step back and look at it…it kind of looks like the outline of a good story. It involves the main components of a story. The characters are the instructor and the students and they are normally in a comfortable setting that cultivates a learning atmosphere. There is a plot or a purpose for the knowledge sharing moment and sometimes it is based on a current conflict or problem in the organization. Whenever a problem is presented, a resolution and/or the best solution is provided to follow. There it is…a story is told through training.
It’s more to it than that. Only 10% of learning occurs when there is a lecturer (or a simplistic storyteller). 90% of learning occurs when students teach each other and are involved. Now, the plot thickens.
An instructor can provide the exposition and introduce the purpose and objectives for the training but when the action starts to rise, the level of involvement should rise with it. Personally, I like to involve my student from Hello. Start the thinking process when they come into the room and start an activity that sets the tone for the day. After the activity is complete, the fun doesn’t stop. I want to hear from them, probe into their minds, and see what they are looking forward to with our encounter (as well as get some background information on them and share a fun secret). After I set the foundation with the organization’s vision and training objective, I will tell them what the day will entail…and let the games begin!
Group activities. Group presentations. Fun videos. Skype- in experts. Role playing. Scenario-based activities and discussion. Process or Software simulations. Mobile games. It is action-pack and only stopping for breaks and lunch…what is this madness? It is how learning happens beyond the storytelling. An instructor can repeat a lesson three times to make sure the students understand it or they can present the information, allow the students to work with each other in situations related to the content and present their understanding to the class to confirm knowledge transfer.
A student has to be an active player on the stage. Through involvement, there is hope that the learning transfers to their day-to-day activities.
William Shakespeare stated that “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players”. Let’s make your training platform the stage for your organization and have your employees perform their best production.
Note: I have one correction…. I am an Instructional Designer a.k.a. the Learning Conductor.