Classroom Activities that Engage Your Adult Learners
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Classroom Activities that Engage Your Adult Learners

Student Engagement & Instructional Design : Classroom Training Techniques : Instructional Classroom Training Design
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Created by Ken Brown
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Integrate one or more of the 11 classroom activities into their training courses
  • Deliver significantly greater student engagement
  • Design a more effective learning environment
  • Create word-of-mouth buzz for their company's training programs
  • Create more memorable corporate learning experiences
  • While my "Instructional Design : Classroom Training Essentials" course is not a mandatory prerequisite, it will better help you understand WHY you should use the activities.

Instructional Design - the Key To Student Engagement : 11 Powerful Classroom Activities For Corporate Learners

Purposeful Activities that Engage Your Adult Learners and Create Memorable Learning Experiences

In this course, you will find 11 easy-to-implement but powerfully effective classroom activities. They are designed to purposefully engage your adult learners, which in turn creates a more memorable learning experience.

If your current training course is nothing more than a presentation, and you just can't find the time or don't feel comfortable engaging your students, then this course can absolutely help you. 

The 11 activities in this course are ones that I have either experienced as a student or designed and modified myself over the last 12 years. I have used each one of these very successfully in the corporate classroom. 

My goal through this course is to educate, equip and inspire you to begin engaging your students early, often and on purpose. 

This isn't about going in and "winging it."
It's about taking time to think through and prepare a strategy for how you will start engaging your students. 

Good news: I've already developed that strategy for you. All you have to do is grab this course and go. Begin with one activity. Use it and evaluate its level of success. Tweak it and try again. Then add another activity. Before long, you will not think twice about including all 11 of these activities in your training course or courses. 

And the value and benefits of these activities will be evident long before then. The activities in this course can help you become the training hero of your company. 

#instructionaldesign #classroomtraining #studentengagement

Who this course is for:
  • New or experienced corporate trainers, or anyone who finds themselves teaching in a corporate environment.
  • Trainers wanting to improve student engagement
  • Trainers who want to apply instructional design essentials with these classroom training techniques
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 02:06:39
+ Student Engagement : Instructional Design Classroom Training - Introduction
2 lectures 06:19

Most corporate training is a "show up and throw up" slide show of way too much content, delivered by an instructor more concerned about getting through that content than purposefully engaging the students. The end result is very little retention of content. 

A forgettable training experience. 

This course will teach you how to engage your students - early, often and on purpose. I will walk you through 11 different activities I have used with great success in the classroom. For many of you, you've probably never experienced these as an adult learner. But oh, when you see how easy and powerful these activities are, you will never teach the same way again. 

Adding just one of these activities to your training program will increase the value-add for your students. But like those snacks you can't stop munching on, you will find yourself integrating more and more of these into your training programs. And that will pay off for you, your students, your training program and your company.

Preview 04:28
+ Student Engagement : Instructional Design Classroom Training - Classroom Setup
2 lectures 18:16

Walk into the majority of corporate training courses today and you'll see what everyone sees: tables and chairs. It's the format you had all through your public education and most likely college. For a typical slide presentation disguised as "training", this format works.

But that's not how you are doing training any longer. When we are looking to engage our students - early, often and on purpose - classroom-style seating will just not do - especially for those "prisoners" and "vacationers."

Preview 09:05

Yes, there are much better room seating options. In this lecture, we look at some of the ones I've used and why I believe they work much, much better in the corporate classroom.

NOTE: Some trainers may use these layouts, but I've seen many used poorly or improperly. These layouts should scream to your students, "I will engage you today, whether you like it or not!" :)

Some trainers, unfortunately, just drop the ball when it comes to this. 

Classroom Setup Activity - Part 2
+ The Day of "Ramp Up"
1 lecture 06:24

Your students arrive anywhere from an hour up to a couple of minutes before your training course begins. 

Did you ever think about getting them involved before that official start at 8:30 am? Why on earth would I even suggest that, how would such a suggestion positively impact your students and what would you do to execute such a sinister plan? 

All great questions, my eager learner. In this lecture, I give you the answers. 

Day of "Ramp Up" Activity
+ The 1st 30 and 99 Seconds
2 lectures 20:05

The first 30 minutes of your training course are critical, as your students are intently watching and evaluating you. Will your course be like every other one they've had? 

Do you want to give them the exact same experience as every other dull and ineffective training course they've had? Or do you want to learn how to make your training stand out?

The 1st 30

Because you're reading this, your answer was most likely:  "Yes, I want to make my training stand out!"

Excellent! In this lecture, I will show you my most brilliant classroom creation - a technique that your students will long remember, and one that can provide you a great deal of insight into your students. 

And it only takes 99 seconds!

99 Seconds
+ Setting Up BINGO
1 lecture 04:50

When I say "BINGO" you make think of senior citizens or smoky clubhouses with wood paneling. 

But it's time to change your perspective on BINGO. Quiet possibly the most robust activity in this course, BINGO can be a crazy helpful tool in your corporate classroom. In this lecture, I will talk about why it works and how to set it up. Then in a later lecture, we'll discuss how to best execute it in your training.

The PowerPoint version of the BINGO template is attached to this lecture, 

INSTRUCTOR NOTE: If you need the Keynote version of the BINGO template, please message me through Udemy. 

Preview 04:50
+ Breaks
2 lectures 11:38

Breaks can be an escape for your students...from you and your classroom. can be creative and use break time to challenge students with tasks, both at the beginning and end of breaks. 

Some Ways to Handle Breaks

Videos are a phenomenal tool to pull your students in from break. 

In this lecture, I'll talk about some ways I use videos and why. I promise you will never look at breaks the same way again.

Playing Videos After Breaks
+ Speed Dating
2 lectures 11:14

I came up with the idea for using Speed Dating in the training environment in 2010. Then I had the even brighter idea of using it with about 40 customers for the very first time. Which meant it would either succeed, deliver a resounding "meh" or crash-and-burn gloriously. I'll give you one guess what happened...

What Speed Dating Looks Like in the Classroom and How to Apply It

Just between you and me...It worked!

Here's what I learned from my very first Speed Dating application. 

What I Learned From Speed Dating with 8 Facilitators in 40 Minutes
+ Competition
2 lectures 12:30

Competition can and should be woven into your training programs. 

In this lecture, I discuss two activities that work really well when the pressure of competition is applied. 

[Just between you and me, when you use competition, everyone works harder and learns more. So everyone wins. But don't tell.]

Slide Show Shootouts and Role Plays

Another of my original creations, this came out of a need to help my students walk away with a prepared list of specific questions they could use in their training programs. 

The Group Leader Duel is a competition. But if you want your students to come up with a list of steps, questions, etc., this is a fun and effective activity to use. 

Preview 04:48
+ Playing BINGO
1 lecture 09:53

As promised, I'm back with the rest of the BINGO activity!

You've already set up BINGO for your students. In this lecture, we revisit how it plays out and talk about how best to manage it. 

Be warned: BINGO will cause you to press PAUSE on your training delivery, especially as you get closer and closer to the end of your course. But that's a good thing! Watch to find out why.

+ Application Practice
1 lecture 06:34

Practice makes perfect. Some say only perfect practice make perfect. 

With practice comes almost-got-it or not-quite-right (I'll avoid saying failure). That's just part of the learning process. So your students can either practice - and get closer - in your classroom or when they are back on the job, in the real world - where not-quite-right has consequences. 

Either way, you should be setting up opportunities for your students to practice the specifics of what you are teaching them.

Application Practice