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HOW TO TRANSFER LEARNING

and

GIVE YOUR TRAINING LASTING IMPACT

How do you ensure that your training leads to
valued, significant and
transferable change?

Join this intensive trainer-training programme
with Dr. Roger Greenaway

By taking part in this stimulating and practical 2 day workshop you will learn how to improve the chances that the full benefits of training events are transferred to the 'real' world.

You will be invited to explore the use of dynamic reviewing techniques that will enhance the impact and results of your training.

You will learn under the guidance of Dr. Roger Greenaway who has a wide experience internationally of providing trainer-training in this field.

As a participant you will gain ...

  • an understanding of key issues in the transfer of learning.

  • the know-how to make learning experiences more transferable.

  • an expanded toolkit of reviewing techniques that assist the transfer of learning

  • first-hand experience of 'transfer planning'

This workshop is well supported by recent theories about the transfer of learning, but the priority is a practical one - to develop and extend your toolkit. It is about how to add to the impact of experience-based learning - so that both the experiences and the learning will live on after the event. You will discover what you can do throughout training events to ensure that they have a longer-term impact. And you will learn how to design (or redesign) courses using transfer strategies that are clustered in an appropriate range of the near-far transfer spectrum.

How to Transfer Learning: Outline Programme

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

  • Introduction and overview

  • Planning and partnerships

  • Making learning visible and transferable

  • Transfer as a linear journey

  • Making learning powerful

  • Transfer as a complex journey

  • Productive ways of approaching the future

  • Personalising and applying transfer principles

Transfer strategies we will explore

1) A partnership view of transfer - in which potentially significant others are included as supporters of lone learners. (Ideas adapted from Broad and Newstrom’s Training for Transfer matrix.)

2) A process view of transfer - in which the likely sequence of successful transfer is analysed with an eye for weak links in the causal chain. Strategies for preventing and overcoming these weak links - design strategies, learner strategies and partnership strategies. (Inspired by Marguerite Foxon’s process view of transfer.)

3) A learning styles approach to transfer, using two distinct strategies:

  • Ensuring that each learner at each stage can adopt a multi-style approach to transfer

  • Ensuring that each learner at each stage can play to their strengths/preferences.

4) An analytical approach to transfer in which learning designers are clear about where the learning is on the near-far scale (transfer-translate-transform) and adopt appropriate strategies.


5) A review of current strategies for embedding transfer into your courses and how these do or don’t match the above principles/approaches.


Some of the transfer techniques we will try out

Poems vs. Plans - a way of considering Prof Haskell’s finding in his review of transfer research that creativity and innovation are the key to transfer. He writes: “Poets are Masters of Transfer”.

Making learning sticky - a series of questions that make the ‘seed’ and ‘ground’ of learning more favourable (sticky) for transfer. This complements strategies for making learning stick, but is especially useful near the far transfer end.


Metaphor Map - this is a map of the psychological territory that a learner may encounter when attempting transfer. The map includes places associated with successful transfer and places associated with transfer troubles. The two basic options are a personalised map or a map related to the topic.

Future Walking - walking through the helping and hindering forces the learner expects to encounter when attempting transfer (paper-based or drama-based)

Back to the Future - focusing on past and present experiences and resources that will help the learner on their journey towards their transfer goal (paper-based or drama-based)

Dream Drawing - a way of visualising successful transfer and seeing success. This is currently a paired exercise, but could be a solo exercise if a suitable range of pictures were available.

Listen in

Listen to a podcast in which I describe 5 of the strategies for transfer that are part of this workshop.

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Dr. Roger Greenaway provides training and consultancy for developing practical debriefing and facilitation skills. He has earned his reputation by helping educators and trainers learn how to maximise the benefits of active learning. This is typically achieved by developing dynamic approaches to the reviewing and transfer of learning.

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