Engaging Adult Learners

As an adult learner, what do you expect when you attend a professional development program?  See if you agree with my list: Participants actively participate The facilitator is aware of the level of engagement of participants and adjusts the delivery accordingly The facilitator does not do most of the talking, and pauses to allow others... Continue Reading →

“Flipping the Panel”

You’ve heard of “flipping the classroom”??  Well, think about applying that to designing an educational program with a panel of speakers! I had invited 3 panelists to speak on “Changing a System or a Culture” for the Boston Facilitators Roundtable (BFR). When I considered my experience listening to panels, I realized that quite often, after... Continue Reading →

Building Dynamic Learning Programs

For anyone who creates or oversees the creation of learning events: You generate learning events to deliver professional development, at monthly meetings or at conferences. How are you ensuring high-quality sessions from your presenters? Five steps towards dynamic programs: 1. STANDARDS: Define standards of excellence for your programs, for example: Members will have a chance... Continue Reading →

Training: One size doesn’t fit all!

Picture this:  Your organization is delivering skill-building programs to several project teams, all at different stages of team development.  Do you have one curriculum for all these teams?  Hopefully not - you/we need to adjust the curriculum to the different stages of development of the teams.  For example, if team members are doing very well at... Continue Reading →

Creating “Organizational Learning” – What could get in the way? #2

Example 2:  Health Care Improvement: Checklists anyone?  You've probably heard of checklists by now, made famous by surgeon Atul Gawande,  author of "Checklist Manifesto".  It is now accepted that surgeons  should use checklists to improve patient safety and outcomes of surgery. As you probably know, "wrong site surgery" sometimes occur, where surgeons operate on the wrong side of... Continue Reading →

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