Three Types of Technical Learners - from Tech RepublicThe next time you're scheduled to teach, see if you recognize the following people in your class:The Student: This person wants to learn. The Student shows up on time, sits in the front row with his or her book open, and hangs on every word you, the instructor, have to say. The Student reads ahead, asks good questions, and completes the exercises you assign. If all the people in the class were like The Student, technical training would be easy.The Tourist: This person usually wants to learn but isn't nearly as motivated as The Student. The Tourist shows up just before the class starts, spends a lot of time getting coffee or doughnuts and chatting with other students, and sits in the back. Instead of seeing training as a chance to improve his or her knowledge, The Tourist typically views training as an opportunity to enjoy a break from the normal office routine. The Tourist may or may not complete the work you assign. Sometimes, a good instructor can find a way to engage The Tourist and turn him or her into The Student. At other times, the best you can do is keep The Tourist busy so he or she doesn't disrupt the rest of the class.The Prisoner: This person looks at you and says, "Go ahead—try to teach me something." The Prisoner doesn't want to learn, doesn't want to be in training, and counts the seconds until you say, "Class dismissed." When you notice The Prisoner in one of your classes, your goal is to convert that person to The Student whenever possible. However, you shouldn't spend so much time and energy trying to convert The Prisoner that you wind up ignoring The Student and The Tourist.
1. EdCamp Model - Unconference2. FedEx ModelA “FedEx Day” is based on an unusual practice of the Atlassian company in Australia. Once each quarter, on a Thursday afternoon, all software developers are instructed to work on anything they want during the next 24 hour period, provided it is not part of their regular job. However, in true FedEx tradition, each participant is expected to “deliver” an overview of the results on Friday afternoon adhering to their slogan “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.”http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=433#reviews3. Design informal learning opportunitiesPeople are engaged less by formal training courses and more by experiences that enable them to grow. Setup a mentorship program or a formalized job rotation schedule to enable people to gain exposure, experiences and relationships outside their department.3. Leverage “lunch and learns”One of the easiest and cheapest ways to foster ongoing growth is to implement a weekly or monthly lunch-and-learn program. You simply recruit volunteers to lead a one-hour program and buy some pizzas or sandwiches for the conference room. Perhaps someone can share the key findings from a conference they recently attended. A senior programmer can teach the finer elements of Ruby to newer programmers or the sales team can do a mock pitch for the service team.4. Create PLNs5. Social Media
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