Training industry looks forward to a single source for innovative ideas to enliven learning.
April 7, 2011
“In early 2011, I sent out our monthly email containing tools and tips to make training more innovative, effective and fun,” reports Susan Landay, president of Trainers Warehouse. “In it, I mentioned a blog that focuses on mnemonics. The number of “visits” that blog received was astounding.
Intrigued by the apparent interest in a training blog, Landay went on a hunt for other training blogs that might interest trainers looking specifically for tips and techniques to enhance learning. Unfortunately, she found little – and the training bloggers she had enjoyed following in the past were no longer posting. Landay’s hunch about the need for a blog focusing on effective training techniques was confirmed.
“While the availability of information about teaching and training is overwhelming -- from social media sites like Linked-IN to other information-rich sites—finding the information you really want can be laborious,” Landay says.
The Enliven Learning! blog is a one-stop resource offering training tips and techniques, icebreakers, activities, insights, commentary, and research, all of which support brain-compatible learning that is innovative, effective and fun. Visit the blog at: http://blog.trainerswarehouse.com.
September 10, 2009
Tips and Tools for Fostering a Creative e-Learning Class, by Sue D. Landay, President, Trainers Warehouse. Reprinted from E-Learn Magazine.
Despite the effectiveness of e-learning, online learners remain notorious for losing focus, getting bored, checking email, chatting, texting, sorting through piles of neglected mail, or tuning out altogether. It's not their fault.
We trainers haven't equipped our online learners with an arsenal of tools and toys that will help them stay focused. Knowing what we know about the effectiveness of brain-based learning (also called active learning or accelerated learning), it's up to us to apply our best practices in live, classroom training to enhance the effectiveness of the online learning experiences we conduct.
Indeed, online learners are entitled to enjoy the benefit of the balls, toys, visual stimuli, icebreakers, discussions, and interactive exercises that have become standard in most live training sessions.
Here, we will look at some popular classroom methods of addressing the kinesthetic, visual, tactile, and interactive needs of learners, and explore some low cost ways to help our online learners make the most of their remote learning experience. Read more...
November 11, 2008
The Key to More Productive Meetings: Reduce Stress from Two Most Frequent Sources
Meetings have a bad reputation--they can be expensive, boring, and a waste of time. But it doesn't have to be that way. The solution? Reduce stress from the two most frequent sources--people and content-according to Trainers Warehouse. Read more...
October 16, 2008
Clown School: Lessons from a Professional Clown-Turned-Trainer
Having recently attended the 40th anniversary reunion of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, I thought it would be interesting to share some reflections on what trainers can learn from the world of clowning... I realized that the lessons learned from clowning and the mottos that were ingrained in me 20 years ago when attending Clown College have influenced both my training style and my product recommendations, as we search for great new tools to add to the Trainers Warehouse catalog. It occurred to me that these lessons might also resonate well for teachers and trainers.
- KISS - Keep it Simple Stupid
- Make it BIG!
- Go in, get the laugh, get out
- Relax and let it happen (I was a slightly uptight Yale grad when I started in Clown College)
- Laugh at yourself
August 6, 2008
Get Up 'n Learn! Help Students Absorb Lessons with Content Reinforcement Tools
Students learn better when you engage their arms and legs,as well as their eyes and ears. That doesn't mean trainers have to dump their prepared lectures and slide presentations. But Trainers Warehouse recommends that they supplement their solid content with activities that get learners up and moving... Read more...
June 2, 2008
Don't Let Those Great Training Games To to Waste: Learners Take Important Lessons Back to the Workplace with Trainers Warehouse Debriefing Tools
The training market is awash in great learning games,but unless the
learning points from those experiences are highlighted, students tend to forget much of the information
they acquire.To address this challenge of forgetful minds, Trainers Warehouse has introduced a new 4-in-1 training tool that allows trainers and
teachers draw out learning points from games, role plays, team-building activities and discussions... Read more...
June 2, 2008
Going Forward Tools Help Trainees Remember Those Learning Moments
If workshop attendees come away from a session with a handful of
learning points that they will truly put to use, you can consider the training a success. The question is:
How do you ensure that the effort will result in changed behavior? The answer: Going Forward Tools.
Going Forward Tools help participants imprint the most critical take-away points into their brains... Read more...
April 10, 2008
Noted National Trainers Share Hundreds of Tips and Insights in New Book to Enhance Learning Effectiveness
A new collection of easy-to-facilitate games and exercises, geared to make training and learning more effective, is now available at www.TrainersWarehouse.com, the leading e-commerce site for tools, tips and toys for trainers and teachers. Dozens of training experts and game designers contributed their most effective techniques and insights to the publication, Trainer’s Warehouse Book of Games, Fun and Energizing Ways to Enhance Learning... Read more...