Structured Learning


How a subject or set of skills is taught relates directly to how much is learned, retained, and/or adapted into the workplace. As a result, a variety of training techniques and methodologies are used by the Center for Business & Industry to help support the participants, encourage their involvement, and confirm acquisition of skills. For example, core skills may be taught using a variety of the following methodologies:

Applied Learning
Knowledge is related to and directly applied to the participant's work environment and goals. Actual situations are used as appropriate. Additional practice takes place in the work setting and is discussed during class meetings.

Student Centered/Problem Based
Learning is crafted around the needs of the trainee (real-life situations) and centers on solving the issues in practical ways. Group discussion focuses on how different members of the group might solve similar issues, increasing strategic thinking.

In Time Training
This powerful skill set is taught to the group. Then the participants engage in a task involving "real work." For example, you have a staff meeting at which you have to make a decision on a hot budget issue. The trainer facilitates use of the skills taught in the group work time by having trainees practice asking each other, for example, "What did you hear me say." This method accelerates the learning of skills and makes direct application to the work setting.

Coaching Approach to Learning
This is a method that elicits self-directed learning in participants. The trainer engages with the learner in a coaching conversation that asks the student to use current tools and strategies to solve a relevant problem. Coaching elicits thoughtful, conscious, "best" thinking in students and promotes the idea of becoming a community of learners in the group setting and prepares the participants to be comfortable being a learner in front of others.

Short lecture time combined with discussions and/or activities directly connected to a work situation.

Skill Sessions
Practice sessions using a skill recently learned. Debriefings take place after practice sessions to put the learning into context for the trainee.

Group and Individual Coaching Sessions
Time is set-aside during class time (scheduled in) for small group and/or individual coaching time. Email and/or telephone coaching is available/negotiable.

Other Training Techniques
In addition, the course includes guided group discussion, practical exercises, student-centered evaluation, activity and discussion debriefings, group and individual assessments, self-reflection, experiential scenarios and in-class group projects.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:18