In Learning, It’s Okay to be a Rule-Breaker
July 22, 2013 Leave a comment
I really like Michelle’s blog post about thinking outside the square and breaking some rules when it comes to learning experiences. Sometimes, particularly with very senior people, they have done all of the iterations of learning presentation before and if you can find something different, they will engage on a much deeper level.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. When it comes to developing learning programs, I’m a bit of a rule-breaker. There are smarties out there who have developed complex models on how adults learn, where adults learn and why we should follow these rules. I respect them. And sure, they have merit. But the rigidity is where I’m left shaking my head. Every organization is unique. People, industries and priorities vary. How can we expect this one-size-fits-all approach to be effective?
Today, my mind goes to the humble training session. Namely, mind-numbing training sessions, where PowerPoint reigns supreme. Tell me, how can a facilitator believe that spewing dozens of wordy slides at participants equates a learning experience?
Not long ago, I was talking to a colleague about this very topic. He told me about some creative things his team was doing, which sent my mind spinning…
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