Personal, Professional, and Organizational Development

Week 7 Assignment 1

Now that you have a deeper understanding of the different learning theories and learning styles, how has your view on how you learn changed? From my Learning Theories course, my view about learning styles has not changed. I don't believe... Continue Reading →

Why Lecturing is Essential In Formal Training and How to Do It Right

Even though lectures have a bad reputation in the world of training, the lecture is an essential delivery method in formal training. Lectures get a bad rap because they are often used incorrectly. But, try and imagine any kind of... Continue Reading →

How to Adjust Training to Different Experience Levels

One of the learner characteristics to consider that will help you with preparing a meaningful and effective training are the learners’ level of experience. Your target audience can range from beginners to veterans and all skill levels in between. Different... Continue Reading →

How to Conduct a Performance Observation to Assess Training Needs

Performance observations can be a very effective strategy for exploring a training need within an organization. They are one of the oldest ways of gathering data. There are both advantages and disadvantages to using this method so you will need... Continue Reading →

5 Easy Steps for Conducting Effective Role-Plays During Training

Role-plays are an effective training activity that allows learners to practice the use of skills and concepts in a real but safe environment. This article will cover five steps for conducting a role play. 1. Describe the situation Present a... Continue Reading →

Why Knowledge-Checks Are Essential to Learning and Performance

In addition to being a means of holding employees (and organizations) accountable, administering assessments in the form of knowledge-checks is also an essential training practice for improving the job performance of employees. Knowledge-checks refer to low-stakes assessments that are used mainly... Continue Reading →

6 Practices for Motivating Adult Learners

How do you motivate employees to participate in a training if they don't want to? Sure, they may sit through the instruction or take the learning modules, but how do you help them get the most out of it? This... Continue Reading →

Seven Strategies for Using Assessments to Optimize Learning

Assessments are an effective tool for helping employees remember information and progress towards mastery within their job responsibilities. In this article, I'll cover seven practices for creating knowledge-checks that promote learning. 1. Include some low-stakes knowledge-checks Low-stakes knowledge-checks are a... Continue Reading →

Why the Attitudes of Learners Matter in Training

Have you ever noticed that some learners show up for a training with an open mind and a readiness to participate, while others come with a more defiant, "I-dare-you-to- impress-me" attitude? When it comes to mandatory formal training, people show... Continue Reading →

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