Design Learning

Learning should be fun and easy going. However, grown-ups are a challenging "audience". They evaluate the content based on their work and life experience and their own knowledge, and demand input that they can utilise immediately.

Because of their know-how, experts very often have the pleasure of giving seminars or talks. Yet, frustration due to the reactions to the overlong PowerPoint presentation can surface after the first lecture; the expert’s methodological toolbox might seem empty. Utilising new methods requires courage and openness. Interactive teaching methods make trainings less predictable, making many trainers feel rattled and uncertain.

My goal is to create a space for experimentation.

I can help you to expand and practice your didactical skills in a practical and relevant way, strengthening you in your role as a trainer.

In this training, you will get a greater understanding of the background of experienced based and social learning. You will learn how to create appealing learning spaces and how to liven up seminars with interactive exercises by using simple tools. Together we will try out different exercises and find out which learning theories they build on. This knowledge allows you to plan the employment of new methods in a structured fashion, and to present these methods to your clients and participants with total confidence.

Why teaching is more than filling an empty bucket

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Plutarch

Has this got you curious? The training is aimed mainly at experts in vocational or university education. I will tailor the training according to your individual needs. The topics range from practical tools for learning methods, to group dynamics and cultural influences on learning behaviour. The seminar takes place over a span of two or three days, with a break between the sessions lasting several weeks, in which the new skills are implemented.

If you are conducting a workshop or a course in near future and want feedback or assistance with the methodological conception- Then a two-hour individual coaching is exactly the right thing. Get in touch with me for a preliminary consultation!

My own experience:

 

The request waiting in my inbox at the beginning of the day is directed at me as a coach and learning consultant. A group of experts who are training together in a course wants to redesign a complete module. In order to make this effort worthwhile and to achieve the desired result together, they would like to take advantage of a didactic-methodological consultation. In a preliminary talk we discuss exact specifications and develop a plan to tackle this task. For preparation, the group shares the materials already used, which are to be revised together with the new training design. The question of whether there are already learning goals or a training design is answered with the answer that I am very familiar with: "No, up to now we just had our slides, nothing more really. " This makes it clear what we start with in the consultation - with the development of the learning goals and the discussion why planning and quality belong together and why a training design forms the basis for this.

How participants decribe their experience:

Most of your hints and ideas proved to be worth their weight in gold and I also applied them in my daily work. I had a very good experience but also realized room for improvement. One has to keep working on oneself. ... I managed to convince my longstanding colleague that frontal teaching is not only boring, but also only a little knowledge stays....

Workshop participant „Tips and Tricks“ for Experts

References/experience

References and experiences from the train-the-trainer programme at the "ReferentInnen-Akademie der AK und des ÖGB" offers some insights :

blog.refak.at

Hand-Out-Grundlage (pdf / 0,8 MB)

Hand-Out-Lernräume (pdf / 1 MB)