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Technical Training Techniques to Try

Last month I attended an online training from The Bob Pike Group, called  No More Boring Technical Training. In just an hour, the instructor led an interactive session with several ideas for enlivening training that could be highly technical. Here are few examples of techniques you could try.

  • If you’re using scenario-based training, make the scenarios realistic and offer multiple choices of scenarios. Presenting the learner with a choice, gives them control and leads to better engagement.
  • If what you’re teaching is abstract or complex, use metaphors, analogies, or images to aid in your explanation.
  • Use a find-and-fix. Show students an example in which something (or several things) is incorrect. Ask them to identify the problems and suggest solutions.
  • In computer-based training, try guided exploration. If they can’t break it, what neat shortcuts or functions can they find? (For an example, type “tilt” or “do a barrel roll” into the Google search box).

Have you tried any of these techniques? Which one would best fit in to the classes you are currently teaching?