Accelerated learning – passing fad or the new way?

Traditional, instructor-led training has had its place in organisations for many years. It has long been the key method for the transfer of knowledge and skills, especially knowledge-heavy sectors such as IT and finance.  As a former IT trainer, I feel it is questionable as to how much traditional methods have done to promote the credibility of training as an essential function.

For instance, is there another way that would have greater impact and influence on the decision makers in times of recession? I believe there is another way and that is through the application of accelerated learning principles. Particularly for heavy to digest or technical learning, within the IT and finance sectors, accelerated learning can offer a refreshing and engaging experience that is more beneficial and memorable to the learner.  It is also more financially rewarding to the organisation with less down time, where delegates might be struggling to learn new concepts, and increased time being productive. More than ever before, with tighter training budgets, businesses today need to gain a greater return on the investment on their training, and accelerated learning will better support this above traditional methods.

Some of you may have come across David Meier’s 4 phase cycle – which is a great model to use when designing and delivering training. His book “The Accelerated Learning Handbook” has many great stories about organisations who have used accelerated learning techniques and what an impact it has made on the learning they deliver.

I have personally experienced the impact accelerated learning has had on my learners. The biggest light bulb moment for me has been in realising that my role as a trainer is to inspire, motivate and provide great opportunities for learning to take place.

Bendy MenSome of you reading this blog may already have a good idea about what accelerated learning is all about, whilst others may have not come across it before. Others may have heard that it is just about “fiddle toys and posters”. Whilst these may play a part in providing a stimulating environment, these are not the only “myths” you may have been exposed to and that may colour your views on how applicable these techniques are to different subjects.

Watch the video below to see some of the other myths and to get a quick overview of the 5 key areas within accelerated learning – or the “5 secrets” as I like to call them.

So do you think that you are using accelerated learning techniques?


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