Employee Training Activities: Reviving the Learning Process

Employee development is essential to the success of any business. But getting your “onboards” to get on board with your training sometimes leaves you feeling like you’re banging your head against a wall.

Even after doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars – annually – on professional training programs, any lecture or presentation that lasts longer than 20 minutes tends to lose its punch. This has led to much speculation about how companies can enhance employee engagement, not to mention the longstanding battle between instructor-led training and eLearning further complicates this issue.

In this article, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of activities that can help boost employee engagement for both schools of thought.

Instructor-Led Training Activities

Instructor-led training (ILT) is just what it sounds like – training that’s led by an instructor. It incorporates both traditional face-to-face learning and virtual instructor-led training activities (VILT). That notwithstanding, ILT courses tend to be instructor-focused versus learner-focused. Put otherwise, the learner doesn’t have much input regarding the pace of the course, what they’d like to learn, and how.

This creates somewhat of a challenge because, in accordance with the tenets of instructional design, learners – especially adult learners – need to feel a sense of control in order to be maximally engaged. Moreover, rather than passively receiving information from an instructor, trainees need to be actively engaged.

As such, we’ve provided 4 unique and effective ideas for (V)ILT training activities.

  1. Role-play
  2. Discussion activities
  3. Games
  4. Polling

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