How to LearnIT

Successful organizations need tailored, real world training programs to keep teams up to speed on the latest Business and IT Tools and Techniques. From beginning to end, the learning experience must align with the organizations’ goals, relevant projects and individuals’ work. Before, during and after training key concepts have to be introduced, taught and reinforced. The goal is for each student to learn what they need to know and effectively use it to get the job done.

In Forbes, "Why Workplace Learning Fails and Why it's time to Ban the Firehose" Meyer shared the following:

"Dave hired a high-priced, world-class sales trainer who for two days blasted a fire hose of selling concepts at a sales team seated classroom-style in a hotel conference room.

Next day I called the trainer:

'So … what’s going to happen a month from now?

'They’re going to forget everything I taught them'.

'But what about the binder you gave them?' I asked.

'They’ll never open it.'”

After many years travelling the US, teaching a variety of Business Methodologies and IT Applications,
I have experienced and heard some version of the latter countless times from students and colleagues. As a result, at The Business Channels we pulled together a variety of practices to cultivate Learning solutions that work.

BEFORE TRAINING

Learning solutions need to be aligned with the needs of the organization, team and individual. Success requires planning and executing what happens before, during and after the training.

Bring Learning solutions together with the right Learning Management System.

Consider a variety of solutions that integrates AI, Social Media, eLearning, Mobile, Handouts, Virtual Courses, Traditional Classroom, Coaching and more.

Use the time before class to review prerequisites and introduce key concepts at a high level. The moment the concept, tools are techniques are introduced is really the start of the learning experience.

Identify students’ learning goals, expectations and key questions.
Find out their individual needs so you can incorporate relevant examples in class exercises and provide specific answers to student’s questions.

Use Mobile Apps, Short Videos, Infographics, Email, Social Media etc. to review key prerequisites and introduce the basics of new methodologies, tools and techniques.

Encourage students to share learning goals with Managers and Colleagues to create accountability and get them thinking about content.

Develop short classes and brief interactive learning modules.

Six hours of learning content can be covered in two three hour classes giving student’s time to absorb the information without falling to far behind at work.

eLearning can be segmented over time allowing students to think about, practice and adopt concepts and techniques. Though some people are comfortable learning on their own, many eLearners benefit from an instructor, coach or mentor that keeps them accountable to learning goals and can answer specific questions about course content.

Sometimes boot camps that run more than eight hours per day are fine, but keep in mind most people stop absorbing information efficiently after the first few hours, even with breaks and interactive learning it’s hard for students to stay engaged so shorter sessions are generally more effective.


WHILE TRAINING

Encourage in class and online conversations around material and course exercises.

Allow Q&A, graded or non-graded quizzes to help students measure, cement and review content.

Connect what students shared in their assessments before class to relevant course content during class.

Throughout class and learning events remind and direct students to relevant practice exercises and available support for when the training is complete.

AFTER TRAINING

Ensure students have access to all related Mobile Apps, Short Videos, Infographics, Email and Social Media to review and practice key concepts that are similar to what they worked on in class.

Assess training right after class and if possible also weeks or months later. The goal is to make sure each student learned what they needed to know and have become more productive as a result of the learning experience.