Mindfulness to Make Training Stick

July 7, 2017

There is a lot of discussion these days about mindfulness at work and how it can help people do their jobs better.  Companies of all sizes are reporting positive results from mindfulness initiatives.  What is mindfulness anyway?  What are the benefits?  Can it help make learning stick? 

There are many definitions of mindfulness and they all involve “going within” to reflect on awareness, which in turn strengthens attention, thinking, memory, and emotion. 

Research studies show benefits of mindfulness in these areas related to job performance:

  • Attention.  Paying attention (not allowing the mind to wander) and directing attention to certain activities and away from others.  This makes for more efficient use of a person’s time and cognitive resources thinking.
  • Thinking.  Practicing mindfulness increases working memory (“cognitive capacity”), which is the short term memory we use to retrieve information especially when learning something new.  It also improves flexibility in thinking, allowing people to adapt knowledge to new situations.
  • Emotion.  Mindfulness practice speeds recovery from negative emotions, allowing for more objective appraisal of experiences.

One study of many large organizations reported a 25 percent increase in productivity, a 35 percent decrease in stress, and a 31 percent increase in collaboration skills. These benefits translate into more effective workplace relationships including supervisor-employee, leadership, and on teams.

Traits influenced by mindfulness can be learned, unlike most aspects of cognition and intelligence.  While there aren’t any research studies specifically on mindfulness and learning transfer, the links with learning and application of learning are clear.  Mindfulness training can help participants:

  • Pay attention to the learning, whether instructor-led, or self-paced.  This results in higher levels of learning and retention.
  • Learn concepts and skills better with fewer required drills and repeats needed.
  • Apply class learning to on-the-job experiences/needs/uses.

Here are some ideas for how mindfulness can be introduced in new or existing training to make it stick:

  • Incorporate mindfulness techniques into existing wellness classes:  yoga, meditation, martial arts.
  • Introduce a mindfulness series of stand-alone classes for developing mindfulness.  Experts suggest avoiding the “one shot” short classes as they are not likely to produce lasting behavior change.  Instead, the training should be shorter, about 60 minutes, 5-10 sessions, over several months.
  • Incorporate mindfulness techniques at various points in existing instructor-led or self-paced training on any topic:  at the beginning, during, and at the end of the training.
  • Include intermittent prompts or reminders in the training.  Examples of mindfulness prompts would be:  Take a moment and breathe deeply;  Stop for a moment and re-center yourself;  Am I paying attention to this training material?  Our Planning and Prompting Sticky Note has more information about intermittent prompts.
  • Outside of training, use technology such as email, IM, or text messages to remind employees to take a “minute of silence” or “breathing breaks” to reflect and go within.

The important thing to remember here is this approach will not appeal to everyone, but for those who begin using mindfulness practices can help make training stick better and have significant benefits for your organization.

 

 

Until next time…

Barbara

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Planning and Prompting to Make Training Stick

May 16, 2017

Independent learning such as self-paced e-learning courses are used more and more in today’s workplace.  When learning professionals don’t have direct contact with learners, how can we help to make their training stick?  Two techniques, when used together, can make a big impact:  planning, and self-regulating prompts.

Recent research has found that when participants are required to develop a pre-training plan for their self-paced online learning, that they are more likely to complete it and will learn more and better.  The plan should include when, where, and how much time the participant is going to devote to each module and how they are going to overcome barriers and distractions to their learning.  Note:  My Sticky Note on action plans provides ideas for post-training planning. 

In addition to pre-training planning, a second technique called self-regulation prompts should also be used:  these prompts (pop-ups or screens inserted into learning modules) ask the learner to think about what they’re learning.  When these two techniques have been used together, research shows that participants learned more/better, and were less likely to discontinue participating in the learning.  While the research was conducted with self-paced e-learning, these techniques could also be applied to live virtual training and even face-to-face instructor-led training. 

Whether you are the course author, administrator, or manager, here’s what you need to do, for each 4 hours or module of training:

  • At the beginning of the course or in a pre-training email provide a messagethat says:  Research suggests that creating a plan enhances learning and assist people in completing training.  The primary reason people drop out is they lack the self-discipline necessary to succeed in online training.  The barriers to success that many people succumb to include failing to set aside enough time for training and completing the course in an environment full of distractions such as TV, email, colleagues, and family members.  Take a moment and develop a plan for how you can overcome these barriers.  It also may be helpful to provide a form for this.
  • Provide a deadline for trainees to complete the training.  Inform trainees the approximate time needed to complete each module.
  • For self-paced e-learning, provide a calendar and ask participants to select dates when they plan to log into the course, and for all modalities, ask them to think about how much time they plan to spend reviewing. 
  • Instruct participants that they need to have a quiet study environment free from distractions. Provide a check box or other form for participants to check the study environment they plan to use: home, work, library, friend’s house, coffee shop, metro/bus/train, or other.
  • In each learning module, insert 3 self-reflection questions at different points in the module:
    • Do I understand all of the key points of this training material? 
    • Am I concentrating on learning this training material? 
    • Are the study strategies I’m using helping me learning the training material? 

Note:  It’s important to do all of the above.  Asking participants to plan without also prompting them to reflect during the training has not been found to be effective.

Until next time…

Barbara

Learning Anxiety – and Making Training Stick

February 13, 2017
When someone finishes a training class they are usually prepared to begin using the skills they have acquired.  They have learned what they needed to learn.  But will they begin using the skills back on the job, especially if the new skill requires unlearning former behavior patterns in favor of new ones?

Edgar Schein, an author and consultant on change management points out that when a person is confronted with the prospect of learning something new, a “learning anxiety” is created.  The learner’s learning anxiety interferes with their applying the newly learned skill.  The list below contains some of the more common sources of learning anxiety, each with a suggestion or two for learning professionals to reduce or eliminate them (which Schein calls creating psychological safety).

  • Fear of temporary incompetence or punishment for incompetence.  Trainers should be sure to include ample time in class for practice or assign “homework” practice in between class sessions.  Also, trainers should make trainees’ managers aware of skills being taught and suggest allowing “safe practice” opportunities in the first days/weeks/months after training.  If this isn’t possible, suggest more frequent work reviews for awhile and/or tandem performance (two employees working together), to create a safe environment for using new skills.
  • Fear of loss of personal identity.  When people are asked to use behavior that is unlike their customary behavior, such as in communication, management, or customer service training, it is often hard for them to give up old behavior patterns.  Trainers can ease learners  into changes like this with lots of performance modeling – videos demonstrating the new skills, and role modeling – managers who use the skills visit the class (live or via video) and talk about their journey transitioning from the old behavior patterns to the new.  Post-training coaching is also helpful to assist the learner with modifying their personal identity to include the new skills.
  • Fear of loss of group membership.  Being “one of the gang” extends to “doing like the rest of the gang.”  If everyone in the department does something one way it will be harder for the newly trained team member to do it differently.  Trainers should consider training members of the same department at the same time or within a short time period of time.  It will also be helpful to have a discussion in the training about differences between what is being taught in class and how things are “really done” on the job.  Doing this provides an opportunity to talk about advantages of doing things according to the training.Schein points out that “survival anxiety” (desire to advance in one’s career, fear of being fired) interacts with learning anxiety to motivate the learner to make the change – or not.  The greater the survival anxiety, the easier it is to overcome learning anxiety.
  • Make a point of mentioning throughout the class or elearning module: how the skills being taught will help the participant build their resume, be valued more highly by management, advance to the next level, score well on their next review.   The beginning of class is typically when this is done, but it’s even more effective if sprinkled throughout the class.

It is up to those of us in the learning and development arena to help learners and their managers capitalize on survival anxiety and reduce learning anxiety!

Until next time…

Barbara

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Intention to Transfer – Will it Stick?

November 14, 2016

Many end-of-training evaluations ask participants to respond to a statement like this:  “I plan to (or will be able to) apply this training to my job”.   Have you ever wondered if this is an accurate prediction that the training will stick?  Technically this is referred to as intention to transfer.   

Several research studies have been conducted that compare intent to transfer with actual use of skills on the job.  In each case there was a fairly high connection between intention to transfer and the actual transfer.  But —

  • Don’t people often tell us what we want to hear (or what they think we want to hear)?
  • How many people have kept their new year’s resolutions?  (How many of us remember what they were?)
  • Aren’t people’s perceptions of their own behavior often different from what other people see?

The answer is yes, people often tell us what they think we want to hear but this “socially desirable response” (SDR) bias has really only been studied on personal habits such as healthy food choices and substance abuse.  There is no evidence that SDR plays a part in assessing workplace learning or intention to use it.  Yes, people’s perceptions of their own behavior are sometimes different from what others see, but just because learning doesn’t show up in observable behavior doesn’t mean it hasn’t stuck, particularly with leadership and soft skills training where behavior changes may be subtle, and observed only by one or two individuals.

So – is it useful at the end of the class to ask your trainees how they intend to use what they have just learned in training?  Definitely.  While a few people may not accurately indicate what they intend to do to apply what they have learned, multiple research studies have found that for the majority of trainees, particularly in soft skills training, those who report their intention to transfer specific skills, actually do it. 

In addition to asking about intent to use in end-of-class evaluations, here are some more ideas:

  • Incorporate it with an action planning activity.  (See this prior Sticky Note for a closer look at action planning and Making Training Stick®).  Have participants develop their action plan, then a reflection activity on intent to do it.
  • Email participants 2-3 weeks after training and ask:  “What have you done as a consequence of the training?”  and “….if you have not started yet, what do you intend to do?”  Note:  In one study, the trainer sent the follow-up email to each participant’s managing director, who then sent out the email.  They got a very high response rate.
  • Repeat the above email 6 weeks–3 months post-training.  Ask the same questions and compare the responses.
  • Large number of trainees?  Develop a short questionnaire with multiple choice responses – no more than 5-8 questions.  Each question would be a key learning point from the training, with response choices 1-5, and would have two parts:  to what extent are you using this skill/learning point?  If you haven’t use it yet, to what extent do you intend to use it?
  • If it’s not possible to “boil down” to 5-8 specific questions, send more than one questionnaire.  Just because the learning content is grouped into one learning event doesn’t mean the feedback and evaluation on it has to be.

Remember, when trainees tell you they intend to transfer what they have learned, they usually do it.  That’s pretty cool!

Until next time…

Barbara

Making Training Stick and Bloom’s Action Verbs

May 18, 2016

Action verbs can be a handy tool to help make your training stick.  I’ve discussed sticky objectives in a previous newsletter and in my white paper on transfer technologies.

As I suggest in these publications, “sticky objectives” should replace traditional instructional objectives for trainees and for their managers. Instructional objectives can be helpful for trainers to use for instructional design; however, before-training and beginning-of-training objectives should specify what the participant should know how to do and be able to do after training, in their job.  These “sticky objectives” signal to the participant what they should do with what they are learning.

 

Transforming instructional objectives into sticky objectives usually involves just a few subtle yet specific changes in wording.  The action verbs below which are linked with Bloom’s Taxonomy** application level can help to transform your instructional objectives into sticky objectives that your participants, their managers, and senior leaders see before, during, and after the training.  Naturally, the specific wording will depend on the skills/information being learned.

Start by taking each instructional objective for your training.  Delete “at the completion of this class” if this phrase or a similar one is there.  Replace it with “In your job” or “on the job”.  Then add an action verb from the list below, and complete the sentence with a description of the skill the participant should use on the job:

For example:  Upon  completion of this training   In your job, you should be able to identify the most appropriate leadership style for a particular employee and use it to obtain desired results.

Note: In some cases you may want to customize some objectives for particular groups of participants.  For example, in a management training program a group of supervisors on the shop floor may have slightly different objective(s) than a group of sales supervisors.

If you start with action verbs like these, the rest of the objective will usually fall into place.

Action Verbs based on Bloom’s Taxonomy application level

Apply

Calculate

Compute

Balance…..by…..

Demonstrate….by….

Determine….by…..

Decide

Employ…..to…..

Illustrate…..by…..

Identify…..and…..

Indicate

Measure…..with…..

Operate

Schedule

Solve…..by…..

Use…..to…..

Utilize…..to…..

Special thanks to Julie at the Association for Iowa Continuing Nursing Education Fall Conference for suggesting this topic.

Until Next Time…

          

**P.S. Where did Bloom’s Taxonomy come from?  In 1956 a team of faculty members at the University of Chicago under the leadership of Benjamin Bloom were seeking to help educators move beyond rote learning of facts.  They developed a taxonomy, or levels, of learning.  These levels of learning are frequently used in educational settings including workplace learning.  The levels are: knowledge (recall), comprehension (understand), application (use), analysis (analyze), and evaluate (judge or assess).  Bloom and his team also identified three domains of learning:  cognitive (thinking and evaluating), psychomotor (physical and perceptual), and affective (feelings and preferences, values).  For more information from a variety of sources, Google Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Trump University and Making Training Stick

March 10, 2016

Donald Trump’s Trump University has been in the news lately.  Allegations are that while the organization purported to be an educational institution providing “real estate secrets” from Donald Trump, in reality it was a sales organization focused on selling products and services.   Several lawsuits are pending, and Trump’s political opponents point out that statements and claims by Trump himself about the “university” have proven to be false.  Human resource development professionals take note:  this seems to be simply a politically charged, high profile example of level 1 vs level 3 evaluation.  They liked it, but could and did they use it?

Trump claims, according to a November 2015 article in Time magazine, that 98% of the students who took the $1500 real estate course gave it “rave ratings.”  He has copies of the end-of-class surveys students completed to back up claims that students believed they got something of value in the classes.  Attorneys for the plaintiffs, that is, students who took the class and are now suing, state that the survey results were not credible because they were not anonymous and were completed at the end of the class — level 1, in Kirkpatrick terminology.  Trump’s lawyers have pointed out that many of the students filled out favorable end-of-class questionnaires and later “changed their minds”.  They changed their minds about the value of the class when they tried to apply what was taught – level 3.

While most learning evaluations are not as high-profile as this one, it provides an opportunity to pause and take note:

  • Do you conduct level 1 end-of-class evaluations of all classes?  If you, as 97% of workplace learning professionals do, do you use them to guage the success of the class?  How is learning success defined in your organization?  Sandra Merwin, noted workplace learning consultant and now artist, did some research years ago that found a negative correlation between level 1 “likes” and level 3 “applies”.  In other words, individuals who at the end of class did not give high “like” marks to a class at the end were more likely to apply what they learned.  And those who did give high “like” scores after training were less likely to apply it.  The explanation might be that when prior knowledge is challenged, it sets up an uncomfortable creative tension.  Just one study, but something to think about.
  • Consider surveying participants and perhaps their managers three months post-training to see how they’re applying what they learned. Doing this will likely provide more value than end-of-class, level 1 evaluations.   My Sticky Note Easy Level 3 Evaluation provides useful tips for doing this.
  • For completed classes with level 1 evaluation data available, conduct a level 3 evaluation and compare the results.  Some LMSs can provide graphic comparisons.  You may be surprised, pleasantly or otherwise. 
  • Add post-class reinforcement to increase application of what has been learned.  Recent transfer technologies make doing this less time-consuming and easier for learners.  For an overview of available technologies, see my Training Transfer Technologies white paper.  My books Making Learning Stick and Making Elearning Stick provide evidence-based, easy-to-use techniques for both before and after learning events to increase application of learning.

While most learning evaluations don’t capture media attention the way Trump University has, the recent publicity provides a helpful reminder that our end goal in workplace learning is not for participants to like the training but for them to use it, to make the training stick.

 

 

Until Next Time…

Barbara

Multitasking and Making Training Stick

October 20, 2015

Multitasking is rampant today – almost everyone does it at one time or another.  I attended a workshop recently and soon after it began I noticed that at least one-third of the 100ish participants were tapping away on laptops, tablets and/or phones (yes, a few were using more than one device).  I got up and peeked around.  No one seemed to be taking notes on the lecture.  They were reading and responding to emails or texts, posting on social media, and/or surfing the internet.

Is multitasking bad?  Does it interfere with learning and retention?  In study after study, test scores for people who multitasked in learning environments were significantly lower than for those who did not, or if scores were comparable, the multitaskers required considerably more time to achieve the same learning outcomes.  One study found that people who sat close to multitaskers in the classroom had lower levels of learning even though they themselves weren’t doing it.  Even worse, in one study multitaskers who performed poorly on a learning assessment believed they performed as well as their non-multitasking peers.   

What’s a trainer to do?  Neuroscientists tell us that most people’s maximum attention span is about 20 minutes.  As attention begins to drift the temptation to multitask increases, and the digital device(s) beckon.

A trainer can and should vary the activities every 20 minutes:  small group discussions, Q&A, application exercises, a video, and inward reflection activities are popular choices.

Most trainers ask participants to turn off phones at the beginning of training and to close out all unnecessary websites.  E-learning designers should consider adding a slide with this message at the beginning of each online module.

Consider also these strategies based on current neuroscience research to reduce participants’ tendency to multitask:

  • Tests and quizzes.  Whether printed or on a slide, response required or rhetorical, studies show that when people are tested on material, especially if they know they will be tested, they have higher levels of learning and retention.  Flash a few quiz questions on the screen or pass out a written quiz.  Quiz features in most e-learning software makes this a snap.  Be sure to make the test reasonably challenging and base it on the learning objectives.

Let participants know in advance they will be tested, or give a “pop quiz” without advance notice.  People will soon figure out they are going to be tested periodically.  Motivation to learn increases if testing results are recorded which makes the participant personally accountable.

Tests and quizzes need not be confined to the learning module.  Require completing an after-class test as a condition for class credit.  Or use a training transfer technology tool to deliver one question at a time.  The newest revision of my Training Training Technology white paper has an overview of the latest tools.

  • Flip the classroom.  Do you really need to deliver the content via lecture?  All of it?  The temptation to multitask is most compelling during lectures.   Consider instead:  an online module, pre-reading, and/orvideo viewing ahead of time followed by in-class discussion, practice, and application.  Of course a typical issue with pre-work is that some participants come to class without having done it.  Guard against this after the first time by giving a test at the beginning of class or starting class with small group discussionthat draws on the pre-work content.  Ask those who did not do well to spend their first break reviewing the material.  (Have a few extra laptops and/or tablets available if needed.)
  • Chunk content into smaller segments of 15-20 minutes. Obviously this will not work for every class especially if participants travel to get there, but when possible, shorter training chunks (think stand-up meeting or short online module) mean participants will pay better attention and therefore they will learn more in less time.
  • Tell participants about the research on multitasking and learning.  Ask them to consider how they and the organization will benefit when they achieve the outcomes of the class, and how their multitasking might interfere with their learning goals.
  • Use available tools on the technology platform. For virtual instructor-led classes, be sure to use the tools available such as raising hands. Prepare a question or two to ask an individual when the system notifies you that a participant is inattentive or has navigated to another screen.   For self-paced e-learning, review key metrics such as time on slide and navigation and consider ways to shorten/revise the content.

These strategies probably won’t completely eliminate multitasking during training but chances are that the more of them you use, you will reduce it.

Until next time…

Barbara

Big Bang’s Sheldon Shows Us How Not to Teach

August 11, 2015

I enjoy the TV sitcom Big Bang Theory.  Apparently a lot of other people do too because reruns seem to appear often – on several channels in different time slots.  Recently I saw a segment where Sheldon teaches – or tries to teach – Penny physics.  His teaching is a great example of how not to engage a learner as well as many other mistakes some instructors make.

The six minute version on YouTube provides an opportunity to apply the before-during-after time periods related to transfer and also to apply some of my Training Transfer Process model.

Click here to watch the exerpt of the episode.  While you’re watching I hope you’ll think about what Sheldon should have done differently and what he could have done before and after the session with Penny that might have helped her apply her learning.  Also think about your own teaching/training…. I know I recognized a few things that I have to watch and keep myself from doing!

When you’ve finished viewing, read my comments below the clip about how Sheldon could’ve applied aspects of my Training Transfer Process.

Enjoy!

Barbara

A Retention Aid – Interleaving

July 14, 2015

I recently went on a hiking vacation in Utah with a group of like-minded people. Our guide was a professional wildlife conservationist and geologist.  As we hiked along trails, he pointed out many different species of birds and trees as well as geology formations.  This information was interesting but a lot to take in as I concentrated on breathing and avoiding boulders on the steep paths.  When we encountered something we had seen previously, he would ask us if we could recall the name or something about it.  Sometimes he would also use the opportunity to ask us a few questions about other things we had seen.

By the end of the trip I was able to identify 5 different types of pine trees, 3 type of hawks, and many different desert mountain flowers and plants.  Pretty cool….considering that my goal was to hike and enjoy the scenery and I really didn’t care whether or not I learned the names of the flora and fauna.

Why was I able to have such good recall?  Our guide, a former teacher, used a technique called “interleaving.”  This teaching/learning technique involves mixing up recall and practice nonsequentially.  It is the opposite of “block practice”, where lesson, practice, and recall are done all at once.  Think about it this way:   If you want to teach 3 learning points, A, B, and C, a block practice session would look something like this:  AAABBBCCC.   An interleaved practice session would look like this:  ACBABCB AC (randomized).

Numerous studies support the effectiveness of interleaving vs block practice to achieve long-term learning and retention.  (Interestingly, many people in studies who used interleaved practice performed worse than their counterparts using block practice during the practice session, but performed better when tested at a later date.)

Here are some suggestions for how to use interleaving in your training.  Detailed descriptions of how organizations such as Farmers Insurance and Jiffy Lube use it in their training are in the book Make It Stick (good title!) by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel.

  • Begin your teaching – whether live, virtual, synchronous, or asynchronous – with a story or two that illustrates the application of several learning points.
  • As you present each learning point, relate it back to the story and point out how it was used, could have been used, and so on.
  • As the learning module(s) progresses and you go on to other topics, randomly ask questions about one or more of the previously-presented learning points and relate back to the application story. 
  • After the learning event (class or elearning module) is finished, continue randomly quizzing via occasional emails.  For more information about after-training technologies to do this, see my white paper Training Transfer Technologies.
  • Consider using hard copy aids such as flash cards (digital versions could be created in PowerPoint) to randomize quizzing.

While my hiking guide used this technique intuitively (I asked him), many of us should do it intentionally.  I have made some adjustments to classes I have designed to accommodate this technique.  I’d like to hear from other trainers who use who or are trying interleaving.

 

Note:  The term interleaving is also used in computer disc storage.  Here it refers to rearranging blocks of digital information on storage discs to improve speed of access.

Until next time…

Barbara

Action Plans – Do they make training stick?

April 20, 2015

Action plans have long been thought to support training transfer and to make the training stick.  Actually the truth is….. yes, no, and …. sometimes.

End-of-training goals signal what is important, they provide a sense of direction, and they can be a focus for evaluation and feedback on performance of the task(s).   But simply asking participants to jot down their goals, or what they plan to do to apply their learning, will have limited effectiveness.  Also limited in effectiveness is setting difficult goals that are hard to reach.  However, goals that focus on specific behavior outcomes can be very effective in producing on-the-job application of skills learned in training, particularly for complex skills.   Also, when feedback is solicited from participants’ colleagues  and participants know this will happen, action plans will spring to life.

Consider applying the following evidence-based enhancements to your current action planning segments.  You will significantly increase how well participants transfer their learning.  For additional ideas on action planning see my earlier Sticky Note.

  • Develop specific behavior outcomes that identify skills to be applied.  These behavior outcomes might replace the course objectives or they can be used to enhance them and make them more “actionable”.   For related information on sticky class objectives, see my earlier Sticky Note.

Here are a few examples of behavior outcomes:    There should be between 3 and 15 of them depending of course on the length of the class:  “Gives employees feedback on a regular basis” (supervisor training), “Calls the customer by name” (customer service training), “Uses current discussion boards for current issues and solutions” (software or help desk).

  • As part of the end-of-class action planning segment, provide participants with a list of the behavior outcomes that they should expect to apply.  Either suggest that they choose among these for inclusion in their own action plans, or provide the action plan pre-completed with the behavior outcomes listed.  Numerous studies have found that when action plans have specific behavior outcomes, participants are more likely to do them.
  • Ask participants to supply the names/contact info for at least 2 coworkers, subordinates, or manager(s) they work with, who will be asked later for feedback.
  • Survey these coworkers, subordinates, or managers 3 months after the training, using the behavior outcomes previously developed.  Assure them the results will be confidential.   Consider whether or not to share the feedback from the survey with the participant, and if so, how to protect the confidentiality of those who responded, particularly since there will be  small numbers of respondents.

Online survey tools are helpful for providing anonymous feedback but may not be enough to assure confidentiality with a small number of respondents.  Note: whether or not these individuals are actually surveyed may not be as much of a motivator as that the participants believe they will be surveyed.

The purpose here is to make participants accountable for applying the skills, but of course the information collected might be used for evaluation of the class or for follow-up training.

  • Adapt for elearning in the following ways:

o   List the behavior outcomes close to the end of the last module in the training.

o   Provide an action plan form with behavior outcomes listed.  Direct the trainee to fill in a date or milestone, and suggest that they print it for reference.

o   Set up your LMS to send the survey mentioned above to participants’ managers (who are generally already loaded into the LMS).

o   Consider developing an interactive action planning tool participant

Until next time…

Barbara