Earlier this week, I talked about the types of people you meet at conferences in terms of how they prefer to receive your event content. Individuals differ in how they learn, too, so today I’m turning the conversation toward continuing education training.
How many different types of learners do you see at your continuing ed seminars, courses, and workshops? Visual (see it), auditory (hear it), and kinesthetic (do it) are the basics, but that’s not the end of the story.
Most of us don’t learn completely one way or another. An auditory learner can benefit from seeing a concept. It can’t hurt to have a visual learner learn by doing, or have a kinesthetic learner read an article. Even if a learner’s brain chemistry prefers a certain method, adding neural pathways by trying another one only adds a layer of comprehension.
To increase retention for all learners, continuing education trainers should consider incorporating different learning styles into the courses they teach. Learners who feel comfortable will get more out of the class and have a better chance of bringing the skills they learn into practice in the field.
How do you tailor your content to maximize learning retention? Visual learners can read a training manual to internalize the material, but what about kinesthetic learners? Would it be helpful, for instance, to include a QR code in a manual that links to a video showing the process being described? Would an auditory learner benefit from hearing a podcast on a topic being covered? That too could be offered as supplemental content to a training manual.
Think of the learners you meet at courses, seminars, and workshops. Will one approach fit all? No. Offer blended learning to present content in different formats so everyone will come away with the tools they need to do a better job.