How to Employ Active Learning Strategies
As careerpros we often impart information to our clients through lectures, workshops, and seminars. Clients learn more when they participate in the process of learning, whether it’s through discussion, practice, review, or application. When we employ active learning strategies in our practice, clients engage, participate, and collaborate.
Active learning techniques can be used in large groups and in one-on-one consulting. “Telling” is not always “teaching.” And “listening” is not always “learning.” Incorporate active learning strategies into every component of your career services. Instead of having clients memorize information, have them participate by practicing an approach, applying a strategy, analyzing a situation, or using a concept in a “real-life” scenario.
The following resources offer insights and practical tips for incorporating active learning techniques into the work you do with your clients.
The Death of Lecture | Ken Steele | Eduvation IdeaBank (8:33 minutes)
Active Learning Classrooms | Ken Steele | Eduvation IdeaBank (10:24 minutes)
Neurosculpting Practice: Use Habits To Break Habits | Lisa Wimberger (4:23 minutes)
Misconceptions of Learning Styles | Anita Acai | TEDxGuelphU (14:21 minutes)
Every Decision is a Career Decision | Dave Redekopp | TEDxWestVancouverED | (17:16 minutes)
Consider these questions and please add to the discussion below.
- What active learning techniques do you employ with your clients?
- How do you incorporate content such as information and text into your training?
- How do you ensure that key concepts are retained through active learning?
- How do you ensure that clients participate, take action, and apply learning?
- What will you do differently to encourage learning through engagement and collaboration?
Sharon Graham is Canada’s Career Strategist. Founder and Executive Director of Career Professionals of Canada and top-selling author of career publications, Sharon’s PASSION is helping Canadian career practitioners achieve career and business success. Her MISSION is to seek out and find new ways to help her colleagues survive and thrive. Her VISION is to drive the nation towards global leadership in career development.