Date: Friday 10 May
Program: Risk – TLI Package
Today I delivered another four hours of risk and risk management to a group of 3 student. Straight away I was presented with a problem, only one of the student arrived on time and the others arrived between 30-60 minutes late.
During the first break in facilitation I asked each of the late attendees why they were unable to attend training on time. Each of them had many and varied reasons why, however each demonstrated clearly that they didn’t value the previous facilitator and the course as a whole. Upon further investigation, I found that in previous training sessions the facilitator would have each participant read from a student manual and would follow a powerpoint presentation. When they were asked to completed a task or apply their learning at work, they where simply unable.
Understandably they, the students, where frustrated and felt undervalued as adult learners. It is with this knowledge I immediately rotated the focus from facilitator to student. I understood that we all had a common goal to have a better understanding of risk and how to apply the learning to our environment immediately. I also knew that each student would already have an understanding or risk and could contribute to the group.
With the powerpoint presentation now shut down, and the student manuals removed. I handed every learner a whiteboard marker and wrote the work “risk” in the middle of the white board. Each learner too it in turns to add an associated word to the board, before long we had a board filled with many words that I could now facilitate to. This created a volley of questions, many of which were answered by the group!
An example of one word that made its way onto the board was “contingency”. Within a group discussion, it was determined that everyone was unaware or unsure if there was contingency plans in place within their work or departments. Considering we were facilitating this group on their worksite, I simply asked them to go and find out, “go and find the information”. Hows that for applying your learning?
This approach to training was welcomed, and has created a more energised group of learners. The only challange I faced during the four hours was that I would have liked more time to explore many of the other aspects of risk. I understand that being aware of your audience is vital to any successful training event, I also understand the importance of not becoming fixed in your practice.
Always teach to your student because without them teaching would be like a glass without water, its nice but it wont quench my thirst.