Active training is a book written by Mel Silberman. The book is about how you as a trainer can enhance learning for your trainees during a program by looking from ‘’active training’’ perspective.
How you transfer your knowledge is what matters most. It is because training is not what trainer want to teach it is what participant willing to learn from it. When you share your knowledge it’s your understanding towards the issue. The reason why you have to make trainee involved as much as possible it is because that is the only way participant can create their own understanding of the issue.
According to Silberman, training is a method of enhancing human performance. Learning something a person doesn’t know requires some other person or medium. This is the part which a trainer gets involved. Your job as a trainer is to maximize learning by utilizing different methods during each part of the training.
As we all know when it comes to adult learning participation is not an option it is a must. This is because a participant is not only a receiver. If so learning requires the learner`s own mental involvement and actions.
Real learning is neither memorization nor a one-time event. It needs practice.
DESIGNING AN ACTIVE TRAINING PROGRAM
An active training program characterized by activity, variety, and participation. 8 qualities make it special and different from other types of training. Here’s what they are.
1- Moderate level of content: decide what they need to know.
2- Provide balance among affective, behavioral and cognitive learning.
3- Use a variety of learning approaches: you need to use a variety of learning methods to keep interest alive.
4- Create opportunities for group participation: involving groups makes training active.
5- Take advantage of participant experience: participants learn from each other because each one has their own set of experience.
6- Utilitize earlier learned concepts and skills: remind them what they have been taught previously.
7- Provide real-life problem solving: participants learn best when they get worn on their own material.
8- Encourage participants for future planning: guide them about the next step.
Steps to designing an active training program
1- Assess the need for training and participants
2- Set general learning goals
3- Specify objectives
4- Design training activities
5- Sequence training activities: you need at the beginning in the middle and at the end.
6- Start detailed planning: get in details plan timing, introduction, materials, etc.
7- Revise design details
8- Evaluate the total results: examine the program how every eight steps went through
Tell the Benefits First
For adult learners, they need to believe the benefit of the program. They tend to learn something which is related to what they already knew. Tell them what they will be able to do at the end of the program.
Appetizers of whole meal: Opening Exercises
In the first moment of active training program three goals are equally important;
1- Team building: help customers to get to know each other.
2- On the spot assessment: utilitize participants experience by asking them questions. In that way, you can find out what the level of knowledge in the subject and also can measure the interest.
3- Immediate learning involvement: create initial interest on the topic.
Always begin with a strategy to build interest. Once the audience mentally involves, transmissing the information you wish will be easier.