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Teaching Methods


There are such a wide range of teaching methods and techniques it can be hard to choose the right one for a given training. A quick brainstorm gave me the following list (in no particular order):

  • Instructor led presentation. Effectiveness can vary between trainers.
  • Instructional videos. Passive and may date quite quickly.
  • Role play. Offers participants an opportunity to develop empathy for both sides.
  • Simulation. A safe place to practice challenging tasks.
  • Gamification. Harness the competitive nature of students.
  • Workbooks/worksheets. Difficult to track progress.
  • Assignments/reports. Allows for in-depth study of a topic.
  • Practical demonstration. Passive for learners, and implicit knowledge may not be externalised.
  • Online Courses/elearning. Interactive and allow self-paced learning. May not engage non-technical learners.
  • Question and Answer. Unstructured, but offers opportunity to fill knowledge gaps quickly and shorten time to mastery.

I'm sure I've missed a few- feel free to add them in the comments. Also let me know what your favourites are.

One Response

  1. Learner-led learning

    I've spent the last couple of years looking at accelerated learning.  I'm not an expert in anyway, shape or form – however the method of teaching through learner discovery – being that little bit more unstructured.  In the hands of the right facilitator will produce results.

    Many of the teaching methods you have already listed can be modified to add the element of acclerated learning.

    There are loads of great resources out there, and L&D professionals who I'm sure can testify to the advantages of this type of teaching method.

    In the latest training programme I designed 39 out of the 40 learners agreed that the accelerated learning teaching method met their personal learning needs. 

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