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What does the modern training room look like ?


Hi all

I’ve been reading a great article on here about training room design but the article is from 2010 and I’m wondering if there’s any further modern thinking on the subject ?

I’m looking to create two multifunctional rooms with a focus on computer based learning and presentation.



3 Responses

  1. not what you want to hear but….

    …it looks like my home office (to me)

    …it looks like wherever the individual delegate happens to be (to the delegate)

    because we are delivering training via a webinar facility, using a virtual classroom for a short, intensive one hour session which means that the delegate:

    ~ doesn't have to take a whole day away from their workplace

    ~ doesn't have to travel to distant venue

    ~ doesn't have to take a shedload of time away from the coal face resulting in a huge inbox when (s)he gets back

    ~ can access a learning event more quickly so that the learning is nearer to their point of need

    ~  could even afford to fund their own learning rather than wait for the HR department to have some budget.

    "Hello, Felix, may I introduce you to my good friends The Pigeons?"


    Rus Slater

  2. Agree with Rus

    The modern training room is not a place where everyone gets together in one place; it's virtual.  It's convenient to the delgates as they access the course from wherever they are. It's covenient for the tutor/faciltator as they do their thing from wherever they are.

    Of course not every business is multi-site or even in a building with multiple floors and teams.  If you have to have rooms where people do get together my tip is don't make it seem like a training room.

    Get wifi in and have tablets rather than pc's.  Make sure people are socially connected e.g. yammer, chatter etc. Please don't have people sitting around the outside of the room facing a pc and defintely don't have them in rows facing 'the front' like you might have in schools.  Do the unexpected (whatever that means to you).

    Have furniture that is more comfortable than standard office furniture.  That could be sofas or whatever is comfortable for your people (obviously having furniture for people with particular needs as well). Some offices have sofas and less traditional office environments anyway these days so make it welcoming. Don't have fixed desks; have things that can be adapted to the situation.

    Make it paperless not giving loads of handouts delivering anything like that electronically. I could go on but simply get creative and surprise people.  Hope that helps.


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