Creating Interactive and Stimulating Learning Events

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Creating interactive and stimulating learning events is essential in an age where organizations and individuals are striving to do more with less. They want and need knowledge and skills but have limited time to invest in obtaining those things. One solution is to develop effective training that capitalizes on proven techniques that help participants gain and process information more efficiently. That is where applying brain-based learning strategies can help.

These days, training programs come in different lengths and types. They are offered varying types of technology while others are still conducted in the traditional classroom format. No matter what form you are using, research on how the brain processes information will benefit you.

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According to brain-based theory, learning is an active process in which challenges, ambiguity, and situations encouraging creativity are presented using accelerated learning strategies that engage participants. Everything from the learning environment to personal actions impacts participants. Questioning, problem-solving, ongoing interaction, and feedback are key elements of the process.

It is best when learners are also encouraged to make associations between their current knowledge and skills while forming new patterns of thinking and making connections. Such links are made through stories, analogies, metaphors, examples, relevant jokes, and various interactive techniques. Additionally, in brain-based learning environments, instruction and materials must be learner-centered and delivered in a manner that is fun, meaningful, relevant, and personally enriching. There must also be time built in for learners to process and assimilate what they experience so that they can make mental connections and master content.

Because of the brain’s ability to multitask or process many pieces of stimuli simultaneously on different levels, you should remember that using a traditional structured or linear approach to training can be a learning disaster. Applying a delivery technique that involves a rigid step-by-step presentation of concepts or ideas can lead to participants becoming disengaged, bored, or distracted. They will also likely view time spent in a training event as being wasted and unproductive. Instead, look at a brain-based approach that taps into brain research and the application of what is referred to as accelerated or experiential training techniques. Among others, brain-based learning environments typically include the use of color, sound, smell, light, music, motion, movement, repetition, reward, and engagement.

Addressing Learning Modalities

Of the five human senses, there are three primary learning modalities (sometimes referred to as styles) that are used to gather information and transmit it to the brain for processing. These are visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and kinesthetic (doing). Most people have a primary and secondary preferred modality that they use. Some research indicates that 0-65% of learners are visually dominant, 25-30% are auditory, and 5-15% are kinesthetic. If you can discover the preferred modalities of your learners and provide content in formats that aid their learning your training will be more successful. When designing your own programs, you should continually alternate between the three modalities. If you do not know your preferred style(s), you can do an informal style assessment.

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Bob Lucas

Bob Lucas is an internationally known, award-winning author of 39 books and compilations. He is also a learning and performance expert who specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Bob has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the South & Southeast multiple times and has over four decades of experience in human resources development, customer service, and management in a variety of organizational environments. In 1995 and 2011, Bob was President of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and has served in most board positions for three different ATD chapters during his career. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank.

In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. On a personal note, Bob has lived, traveled and worked in 70 different countries and geographic areas and currently writes a cruise blog www.cruiseratheart.com. His website is www.robertwlucas.com. He also has a creative training blog – www.thecreativetrainer.com and a creative training Linkedin group with over 3200 members. He also publishes a customer service blog – www.customerserviceskillsbook.com.

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