Choosing and Using The Right Instructional Methods and Training Activites

Choosing the right training methods and activities is critical in designing effective training. Of course, simply using the right training method isn't enough to make training effective. You have to use the training activity or tool effectively and use it properly. Here we'll cover many of the training activities in the trainer's tool box, explain them, when they are appropriate or not appropriate, and provide some hints and tips to use them properly.

Selecting Training and Instructional Methods

Brainstorming As A Classroom Learning Activity

Demonstration / Modeling / Vicarious Learning / Observational Learning

Role-Playing and Psychodrama In Training

Case Studies and Case Based Instruction (Case Method)

Questioning and The Socratic Method

Perhaps the most powerful teaching methods is the use of questioning, because questions are interactive, and can be used in so many ways. However, it takes some skill and understanding to use them effectively. Below are some hints about how to get the most from various forms of questioning, to encourage student engagement, and critical thinking.

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