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Keeping learners together


I am running a course in ECDL Advanced Word for a group of managers in our organisation. Because of the pressures of their job, they occasionally miss sessions so that they are at different stages in their training. I want to continue with 'taught' sessions as opposed to workshop style ones (more effective and motivating), but am finding it increasingly difficult. I don't want to hold back the more advanced learners while the others catch up. One-to-one training isn't an option. Can anyone help?
Helen Hagan

2 Responses

  1. get the more advanced learners to pass it on?
    Could you ask for the more advanced learners to team up for (say) 30 minute sessions to both practice their skills (and therefore embed them further) and try to give hints and tips to those who missed the session?

  2. Constructivist solution?
    Don’t try to deliver the same course to a group like this. It would be much more effective, for example, to ask the learners to perform different tasks based on their level of expertese. You could even group learners together to complete the tasks. Let them figure stuff out for themselves, rather than telling them everything. This is where the powerful learning takes place. This kind of thing has roots in constructivist training principles. Have a look at the following link, which is for a new training qualification called ROLF. Even if you don’t want to do ROLF, it will explain things in more detail. ROLF is new, but I think it’s going to end up being the next step for trainers who’ve already done TAP. Hope this helps, regards, Chris.


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