Jay had been having a tough week. Issues were being escalated all the time, deadlines were approaching, and the team’s morale was at an all-time low since the merger of the two companies. Looming on his calendar was a training program that he had been nominated to attend. Yet, he felt no motivation to attend this workshop, and it couldn’t have been scheduled at a more inappropriate time.
As Learning and Development professionals, holding the attention of adults who would rather be somewhere else is a challenge. You know it would be beneficial to the participants and their organizations, but most of the time, training is the last thing on the attendees’ minds.
At C2C-OD, we believe that there is an inherent problem in the way training is approached. Trainers forget that our attention spans are low (as adults, we can only focus on average for 20 minute periods), that there are different kinds of learners in the room, and most often, they ignore the fact that they are dealing with grown-ups. Over the period of a few decades, learning has become a one-way street; wherein someone imparts knowledge, and as participants, we are expected to passively take in whatever we can. No questions asked! But, that’s not how we were created to learn, and hence, there is a fundamental flaw in the way training is conducted globally.
That’s where Accelerated Learning (AL) comes in. It’s based on the way we all naturally learn and absorb knowledge. AL unlocks much of our potential for learning that is largely left untapped by most conventional learning methods. It does this by actively involving the whole person (not just their brain), using physical activities, creativity, music, images, color, and other methods designed to get people deeply involved in their own learning.
However, it’s not just about pretty walls and creating a collaborative ambiance. Accelerated Learning has the potential to decrease your training time by 50% while increasing learning by 100%, and this is made possible by designing and conducting learner-centric programs.
As Melanie Martinelli, Director of C2C-OD, likes to put it, “In AL, learners are the rockstars and the facilitator takes a back seat.” The onus of learning is on the participants, since they get to pick what they want to learn. It may sound intimidating in the beginning—all changes do. But, a large number of organizations have started embracing AL methodology and have tremendously benefited from it. Learning is integrated before, during, and after the workshop; since the real training happens on the job. Research demonstrates that people forget 50-80% of what they’ve learned after one day, hence, post-workshop support becomes critical. Companies who have adapted to AL have experienced an increased Return on Expectations (ROE), simply because participants have taken ownership of the content they learn.
Accelerated Learning follows these simple guiding principles:
- Learning involves the whole mind and body.
- Learning is creation, not consumption.
- Collaboration aids learning.
- Learning takes place on many levels simultaneously.
- Learning comes from doing the work itself (with feedback).
- Positive emotions greatly improve learning.
- The brain absorbs information instantly and automatically.
The beauty of AL is in its simplicity. Learners are encouraged to tap their true potential and become more inquisitive, reflective, and capable as lifelong learners.
In our next blog, you can discover more about the four phases of Accelerated Learning.