If you consider learning preference or styles when you think about designing and delivering your training, it will result in training that is focussed on the learner and will deliver better learning transfer. Here are some practical tips that we think will be helpful:
1. Know your own learning preferences and rather than using your own preferred learning style try to ensure you integrate a balance across all styles into the training programme.
2. Use input, practice and reflection within workshop sessions to achieve better learning transfer and meet your objectives
3. Tell the group about learning styles and explain that people learn in different ways and that the training is designed to incorporate all learning preferences. All styles are necessary for effective learning but individuals may prefer some elements of the training if they suit their particular learning preferences
4. When delivering the training, signpost which learning styles each aspect of the training will appeal to and challenge people with difference preferences to stretch themselves. For example, challenge the activists during a learning review to fully consider what they have learnt
5. If you are using brainstorming as a technique, plan for the reflectors. Give them advance notice of the questions you will ask so that they can think about them in preparation
6. Plan in time for regular learning reviews; reflecting is an important part of learning
7. Repetition is key to learning, so ensure you repeat key messages throughout your training. In skills training, give your participants opportunities to practice, review, and practice again.
We hope you find these useful. Do you have any tips to add to experiences to share?
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