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After Learning, then What?

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When we coach, facilitate learning or train others we have to take time to identify and explain what we want them to do with the learning and how they can apply it. By doing that we enable learning to be more than an activity; it becomes a useable skills.

Here a 6 ways to have people use new learning:

1. Demonstrate to you that they understand what they have learned and how they can apply it in their job

2. Be able to apply the learning in a situation you present to them; provide feedback on the application and the results

3. Have them choose a new situation they encounter and let them explain the learning that can be applied; have them explain how they will apply it; have them debrief you on the results; give them feedback

4. Present them with more complex problem or opportunity that can benefit from using the learning; have them analyze the situation, develop options and a recommended course of action; assess their plan and recommendations with them; provide feedback

5. Present them with a large amount of information that will draw upon the learning but needs to synthesized, understood, evaluated and looked at systemically in order to form a conclusion; have them present their finished work; evaluate their conclusions with them; provide feedback

6. Give them a situation they have never dealt with along with the responsibility to build an action plan to deal with the situation; have them present their assessment of the situation, options considered and their detailed plan of action; discuss their work; provide feedback and, as appropriate, support the implementation of their plan

Each of these 6 approaches is also developmental so, for example, you could focus initially on the first approach and over time move them along to the point at which they can take on more assignments using the sixth approach.

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