Adults and Computer Systems Training

Questions or discussion about Kagan theory, research, or implementing Kagan in your classroom.
Chris_M
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Adults and Computer Systems Training

Post by Chris_M » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:00 am

Hello

I am an in-house IT trainer for adults and teach specialised systems to students in a variety of roles and would like to know whether Kagan approaches to training delivery would be appropriate for my situation; my manager is keen for me start using them.

The first time I meet my students will be in class. The courses can be either one, two, or four days (two of which involves an input from another trainer due to the nature of the content) long, and two of the courses have formal assessments which must be passed otherwise students are not allowed to use the systems.

Many of my student have never met each other before and will unlikely meet each other again – in the course of their daily professional lives. Additionally, my students have a variety of feelings related to IT, some love it, some hate it but for all, the systems they are using are a crucial part of their job so they need to learn them.

Kagan approaches look like a lot of fun, and definitely engaging. However I am concerned that maybe not enough time will be available to implement them with my time‑limited situation. Do you have any advice, please?

Thank you.

Christi Brown
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Re: Adults and Computer Systems Training

Post by Christi Brown » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:58 am

Hi Chris,

Thank you for the question! Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. Find a one day Cooperative Learning tour event in your area for authentic experience and simple Structures you can use in your unique setting. You will receive the textbook with ALL the structures in it from a 1-day CL event!

2. More aggressive plan for your future trainings would be the Dynamic Trainer course.

3. Start simple with Teambuilding in small groups of 4, and in an IT setting it might be turn your chairs together in a circle of four. RoundRobin structure where each person responds a fun question like, "What social media do you enjoy and why?" Builds the safety and calling the structure by name builds consistency. Later, after some independent IT work, pull the chairs together in fours and ask, "How's it going for you? Anything you need help with? Any successes? RoundRobin." With many of our Cooperative Learning Structures, we have participants verbalize the learning. This more aligned with how the brain best learns.

4. If your IT content is based on following steps, or Procedures, then try the Structure RallyCoach by following the steps of the structure.

5. The CL textbook is a great resource with the steps for structures. You might explore structures for Knowledgebuilding and Procedure Learning first.

I will emphasize that attending trainings is more powerful than trying to type a mental image. I hope to see you there!

Chris_M
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Re: Adults and Computer Systems Training

Post by Chris_M » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:15 am

Hello

Thank you for your reply.

You have given me lots to think about.

I'll go through your suggestions carefully.


Chris

berlin73
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Re: Adults and Computer Systems Training

Post by berlin73 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:50 am

I was also looking for the same question, Thanks for the detailed answer.