I just read a reflection on the question, How do you design a training so people learn something and are inspired to use it? posted by a leading social media trainer Beth Kanter. In a nutshell that’s my job and why I think interactive design is critical if you want people to integrate what they’ve learned into their repertoire. Here in the Leopold Leadership office we’ve been following Beth’s blog and Pam Sturner’s been participating in a peer-learning group that Beth organized as a Visiting Scholar at Packard Foundation. Read Beth’s tips for interactivity. It’s a long post so you may want to begin reading from “Design for Participants to Apply”!
Let’s try an interactive brainstorm! Can we get 20 tips? Add your tip by replying to this post. Here’s one to start us off:
Stand Up/Sit Down: (I opened the June training in 2013 with this one.) You get to know who’s in the room quickly and gets people moving as well!
Directions: Stand up if you:
- were born outside of the US (born in south, northeast, west, etc.)
- traveled more than 2 hours to get here (keep increasing until you found out who traveled the longest)
- took a gap year sometime in your educational journey
- etc…(you’ll want to customize for your group!)