Three reasons interactive training is more effective than traditional training

The premise of interactive training is that adult learning improves if they are directly involved and active during the educational process. This is because adults retain information the most when proactively working on their own problem solving strategies by carrying out practical exercises, facilitated by the trainer.

There are three main reasons that interactive training is more effective than traditional training: improved learning, motivation and reduced resistance to change.


What is Interactive Training?

Interactive training is also known as experiential training. It is the process of learning via a variety of interactive activities so that ‘trainees’ are personally challenged, active and engaged in the learning process. Activities which immerse the participants in a “total” learning experience include problem-solving exercises, role-plays, simulations, visualizations, storytelling, discussions, reflection in groups and team games.
Interactive training can also mean audio and video as this presentation enables better absorption of information.

Improved Learning

The ‘Multiple Intelligences Theory’ was developed by Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner in 1983. This theory lists the following seven ways (“intelligences”) that people learn:
Linguistic – The ability to use spoken or written words.
Logical-Mathematical – Inductive and deductive thinking and reasoning abilities, logic, as well as the use of numbers and abstract pattern recognition.
Visual-Spatial – The ability to mentally visualize objects and spatial dimensions.
Kinesthetic – The ability to learn through physical experience and controlling physical motion i.e. Somatic, through “doing” it enhances learning experience.
Musical – The ability to master music as well as sounds, thus learning through auditory listening and talking aloud.
Interpersonal – The ability to communicate effectively with other people and to be able to develop relationships.
Intrapersonal – The ability to understand one’s own motivations, emotions, self-discovery and self-reflection.
Therefore interactive training greatly improves learning and retention by appealing to different senses i.e. the seven different ways that people learn.
Improved Motivation
Interactive training empowers ‘trainees’ and their motivation improves. People learn in different ways and use different senses to receive information. Therefore presenting information in different ways, using a variety of methods ensures that the needs of all trainees are met.

Reduces Resistance to Change

Trainees who learn in the context of their current job, via a dynamic learning situation become intimately involved in skills that are necessary to respond to the changing requirements of their current job. Similarly, research shows that the emotions aroused, not the personal significance of the event, which makes events easier to remember. (
Interactive trainers optimise learning opportunities by challenging participants, reinforcing involvement and inspiring enthusiasm, at the same time as providing feedback. This integrates the learning objectives (i.e. the required change), into the participants’ learning and realises synergy and shared ownership of business goals, thus reducing resistance to change.>

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