5 Ways to Facilitate Active Learning

By Kelly Russell, April 25, 2017

Offer solution-oriented gatherings.

Conference participants arrive with a list of problems, so create a gathering or forum where they can share their current challenges and discuss solutions. Participants can define the gathering’s agenda by deciding which topics they want addressed, thereby taking ownership in their own learning. It’s also a guaranteed way to make sure the information presented is relevant to them. The key to a solution-oriented gathering is facilitating, not leading, to ensure attendees are the ones asking the questions and sharing knowledge.

Ask attendees to take turns discussing in pairs.

An easy way to add discussion to a presentation is for the presenter to ask the audience to turn to a neighbor to discuss the topic presented. This exercise takes no additional meeting space nor a trained facilitator, but it taps into the 60 to 70 percent information retention rate that results from discussion.

Challenge participants to report back to managers or peers.

The pinnacle of adult learning is that impressive 90 percent retention rate that comes from teaching others. Challenge conference attendees to take the initiative back to their offices and present to their teams what they learned at the conference and what they will do differently as a result.

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