When you design a live learning event, it is always a good idea to utilize the best practices in instructional design.
There are good reasons to do this, but mainly because you will be saving yourself the headache of rework, and the content will be optimized for learning from day-one.
You can make your life (and the lives of your learners) easier if you…
Allow for Ample Prep Time – Take the right amount of time to design the learning experience, go through the learning routine, and define key materials. This will free you up to present the content and engage with learners with the content (instead of wasting time with clerical activities).
Stop Talking for a Few Minutes – When going through the course content, take a moment to stop talking and let the learners talk, respond, and interact with one another. This will make them responsible for their own learning and understanding of the content.
Show by Doing – If the training you are facilitating is for a specific change or behavior, then don’t spend too much time on concepts and theory. Instead, show the concepts in a live setting. This demonstrates the immediate applicability of the content.
Build-in Interaction – Don’t let the audience become lazy with the learning. Engage them by encouraging collaboration through simulations and game-based learning.
Facilitate Instead of Teach – When possible, change from the teacher to the facilitator. A facilitator guides learning while a teacher drives it. The two are not mutually exclusive; it is important to play both roles when the time is right. That said, facilitation takes you out of the way of the content and places it into the hands of the learner.