This month at TMS, we’ve had a lot going on including hosting our exciting Rethink Learning Transfer roadshow series across Australia. Thank you to all who attended. You helped create the buzz and interaction that made the event a huge success!
One of our goals for hosting this event series is to help our accredited Network Members and the learning and development community collectively problem-solve the latest challenges of learning transfer and find the best solutions to reach our learning goals. Over four breakfast forums and one evening function, a 250 people strong think tank came together in the cities of Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to identify top learning transfer strategies which will improve performance at work.
To challenge our think tank, we created a case study – The 2020 Workplace, for our think tank to solve in groups at their tables. The case study involved coming up with general strategies as well as specific techniques to improve learning transfer. Our think tankers enthusiastically solved the case and came up with the top tips to implement before, during and after running a learning programme. These tips were then shared around the room. Indeed, many attendees reported taking away a host of tips and tools to improve their learning transfer strategies and reach their learning goals in 2012. For those who attended, we will shortly be distributing a report on the tips that we have collected across all five forums held across Australia.
In the meantime, we are posting a few tips that came out of the forums:
Before the programme
- Know your culture! The Advising type of work is crucial. Ask questions. Find out your learners’ attitude towards, and previous experience, with developmental training. What are the realistic expectations of support for follow-up programmes? Try to determine what capacity learners will have to implement and maintain their learning when they are back at work. (Thanks to Elaine Roberts from Management Frontline)
During the programme
- A participant at the Sydney forum had a great idea for an exercise to promote the outcomes of the workshop - The Bus Stop Poster. This can be particularly effective in programmes where a specific initiative has been identified and your workshop participants will need to promote the idea back at work (e.g. a Management team promoting a new project). The objective is for the learners to work together to develop a (hypothetical) Bus Stop Poster to promote the initiative to people within their company. You can form smaller groups from within the larger team so that everyone is able to contribute and participate. Each subgroup determines what the poster would look like, what the copy will be and any aspects of ‘Marketing’ their initiative. Each group then presents their idea, with the most outstanding poster winning a prize. In addition, this exercise is a good way to consolidate the learning, is an effective way to illustrate a number of TMS concepts from the different contributions people make, and to the importance of doing the Promoting work. (Thanks to George Gertos from Novartis)
After the programme
- Consultants Report: In Brisbane, one of our participants shared some of the great reporting they do for their client. They offer a comprehensive outline of the evaluation findings as well as summaries of any action plans that were developed in the workshop, recommendations for next steps, and opportunities for improving subsequent sessions. This report is an excellent example of the Advising type of work, suggesting the next step will be to look at the Innovating type of work and consider ‘what might we do differently as a result of this?’ (Thanks to Megan Peach from On the Cusp)
It’s nice to have the opportunity to network with like-minded people, have a little refresher on TMS, see what’s new and coming, bit of info/show bag to take away, and breakfast is always a good lure!
Thank you Katherine, for your lovely comment. We are most happy to hear you found the event relevant and useful!
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