When discussing workplace training, selecting the proper curriculum is what will receive the most attention from participants. Equally important but often overlooked, is the method of training chosen.
Survey of Training Methods Used in the Workplace-
Not all training methods are created equal. In a University of California, Irvine, study sponsored by the National Science Foundation, researchers set out to discover the variety and impact of "methods of training in the workplace." The study assessed the following four main types of training methods. The approach most often adopted in corporate training programs for training is used 41% of the time is interpersonal classroom training. This method of training is also known as the "traditional" or "classroom" method. Interpersonal instruction accompanied by online learning is also quite common, comprising 27% of training methods. Another 27% opt for self-training methods, including training manuals and learning by trial-and-error. According to the study, evidence shows that the first two methods, classroom training as well as online training are the methods with the highest quality results regardless of the curriculum or context selected Curriculum, while it is very important, must be taught by means of an optimal training method if it is to be truly successful.
When choosing a curriculum, be choosy about method.
Each training package includes a specific method to get the most out of it. One must carefully analyze the curriculum in order to ascertain its training method. For any specific curriculum there are different training methods that may be employed. Note these optimal training methods that many curricula employ::
• Training using trial projects and hands-on examples
• Training that requires interdisciplinary or interdepartmental consultation
• Training that makes use of practical demonstrations • Training that combines classroom instruction with online or e-learning sessions (blended learning)
• Training that makes use of games, competitions, or contests
• Training that involves outside speakers or webinars
• Using job specific skills in the classroom or in the online environment to exemplify training objectives
Each of these methods encourage the practical application and assimilation of the material taught. Corporate trainers are finding that using these methods are a much more effective way to train the participants than any other. No longer is "good training" comprised of several hours of lecture and a PowerPoint presentation. They've found that the most effective training methods are ones that are practical, interactive and as hands on as possible.
Both method and curriculum are important. Without the right training curriculum, employees will not learn the right content. Yet without the right training method, employees will not learn at all. Effective workplace training requires the right choice of both curriculum and workplace training methods.
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