You’ve probably participated in a webinar for
which the host/presenter offers the presentation slides via email or a sharing
service. Many webinars and other learning solutions include this tool, which is
why students often ask our instructors for the slide deck during a training
course. One of our instructors, Simon Roberts, shares the reasons why this
question makes him cringe – and why he does not provide a slide deck.
Slides make it easy to skip portions of the
course in favor of “more important” tasks.
Simon: That's a pity, in my
view. There's a reason that the student's employer paid for Instructor-Led Training, rather than buying the student a book.
Good teaching is much
more than just presenting facts clearly. It should be about helping someone
correlate what's being learned with the application of that knowledge to their
own job. It should be about really understanding the decision-making process that
goes with using the skills effectively in their environment. It's about seeing
how the other people in the class understand, misunderstand, and struggle with
the ideas being presented – because classroom discussions can often provide
some of the best and deepest learning. The kind of learning that comes from
months of having to make one's own mistakes can be fast-tracked by a good week
in the company of equally confused and bewildered classmates, as each one’s
unique confusions and misconceptions are clarified and corrected.
In short, if you think
the slides are the important part of training, you're probably confusing
training with marketing presentations.
There’s a lot more to
training than just the slides.
There are a lot of “dynamic slides” (whiteboard work) in our courses.
A good instructor will draw and perhaps even “animate” pictures
throughout the course (on that note: those who organize classroom use, a room
with a whiteboard and markers is very much appreciated by instructors).
These diagrams are
often spontaneous responses to in-class questions, with diagrams tailored to
the particular perspective and backgrounds of these students – a
never-to-be-repeated answer for the students who are in the class right here,
Join us Thursday for
part two of this series. Meanwhile, contact our consultants today, at (877) 629-5631 or via email, to discuss how we can help you plan your learning solutions program.