A positive predetermined observable change in trainee job-related behavior is what training is all about. When training program participants make discoveries and decisions on their own, their involvement and active participation causes them to learn.
When a program is instructor-directed – in which the instructor serves as the subject matter expert – the material is disseminated primarily through lecture which causes the participants to learn and retain very little. The following famous quote by Confucius, 451 BC, illustrates the benefits of the learner-centered approach.
“What I hear I forget,
What I see I remember,
What I do I understand.”
Measuring Successful Training Initiatives
The goal of any training program is to deliver desired results. Learners must be more effective after the training than they were beforehand for the training to be considered successful. Training success should be measured by the following considerations:
• What do they now know that they did not before?
• What can they now do that they could not before?
• How have their feelings and attitudes changed and/or improved as a result of the training?
Successful training has not occurred if change has not taken place that benefits the individual and organization.
Using the three key principles of learner- centered training (PID) is the only way to ensure results. The PID method is one strategy to employ when creating your instructional strategy. The PID can serve as a guide to use in structuring the information you will present.
Use all three methods to design your training for the adult learner so that training sticks!