Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training

How to Effectively Design and Facilitate Activities, Games, and Simulations.

Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training

“The Workshop on Interactive Training Strategies was packed full of cutting-edge ideas to engage training participants in learning and retaining essential training goals. I was looking to find new ways to enliven the training sessions I conduct for diplomats and those participating in international negotiations. What I gained from were a whole set of new interactive activities and methodologies for teaching these skills. What was unique about this workshop was that it taught us not only frameworks for activities that can be used in multiple ways, but also how to streamline and simplify the training design portion to include participants in tailoring the design as you go – refocusing “on the spot.” It was an amazing three days!”

Marianne Goodwin | President, Goodwin International LLC

Course Description:This proven and fast-paced instructional design and facilitation workshop helps you learn how to design and conduct effective training simulations, games and activities. Based on over thirty years of field research, these design formats enable you to create training faster, cheaper, and better. You will receive a proven collection of training games during the workshop and have access to 2000+ web pages with additional games, activities, and facilitation tips.

Workshop Outline:

Day 1: How To Design and Facilitate Training Activities
This interactive workshop demonstrates how to encourage your participants to interact with each other, with the training content, and with you, the facilitator. You begin the design part of the session by exploring over fifty different interactive strategies. You learn to rapidly create five of these powerful strategies. In the facilitation part of the session, you learn how to conduct these interactive exercises without losing control, wasting time, and being attacked by participants. You will identify and practice proven techniques to maximize reflection and insights through systematic debriefing and how to modify your facilitation to better suit your participants.

You will also learn how to design and facilitate:

  • Openers that jump start your training session and establish a climate of learning.
  • Interactive Lectures that combine structure and control with playfulness and spontaneity.
  • Structured Sharing Activities that let your participants learn with — and learn from — each other.
  • Textra Games that convert dull handouts into dynamic tools.
  • Jolts that last for less than 3 minutes and provide a lifetime of insights.
  • Closers that review the new skills and action plans for their immediate application.

Day 2: How To Design and Facilitate Different Types of Training Games
Interactive games and activities work. They attract and maintain the interest of the new generation that is entering the workplace in greater numbers. They cater to different types of intelligence and learning styles. They blend education and entertainment to keep participants engaged. They utilize the proven advantages of active participation. Because they provide frequent opportunities for practice and feedback, they produce performance-based learning outcomes. They capture the advantages of teamwork and collaborative learning. They transform trainers into facilitators.

The good news is that our framegame approach and design enable you to create effective and powerful training activities in a matter of minutes. In day-2 you will experience, explore, design, develop, evaluate, revise, and conduct five proven types of training games:

  • Board Games that revive bored participants.
  • Card Games that increase the players’ fluency with principles and procedures.
  • Improv Games that apply a spontaneous process to explore key concepts.
  • Instructional Puzzles that encourage participants to employ new ways of thinking.
  • Magical Events that engage participants in new ways of learning.

Day 3: How To Design and Facilitate Different Types of Simulation Games
Can you provide real-world learning opportunities — without incurring the risks and costs associated with them?

Yes, you can — by using simulations. Because simulation activities are very similar to on-the-job training, they ensure effective transfer and application of what you learn in the workshop to the work place. Simulation games provide immediate and realistic feedback. They reduce the risk to the players. Any inappropriate decision or action during the play results in negative consequences — but only in a make-believe environment. Simulation games also provide opportunities for repeated practice. You can discover important principles and practices through trial-and-error experimentation.

Different types of effective simulation activities focus on selected aspects of reality. This workshop provides you with skills associated with the design and delivery of a variety of simulation games while explaining the key characteristics, advantages, and limitations of simulation games in corporate training.

In day-3 you will experience, explore, design, develop, evaluate, revise, and conduct these types of simulation games:

  • Simulation Games that convert the context of the workplace to the security of the training session.
  • Interactive Story Activities move participants from passive listening to active sharing.
  • Reflective Teamwork Activities that use action-learning techniques for immediate insights.
  • The Case Method that encourages participants to analyze a realistic challenge and make effective decisions.
  • Role-Playing that helps participants practice appropriate behaviors in response to challenging situations.
  • Debriefing Games that relate the simulated situation to workplace realities.

Target Audience:
This workshop is designed for trainers, instructional designers, facilitators, and performance consultants. The workshop helps a wide range of practitioners, from newcomers to experienced specialists, to master skills and concepts related to different types of training games, simulations, and learning exercises..

Course Cost: From $1,099 depending on duration of program.

Two-to-three day sessions.

Dates / Location:
Directions to all locations will be sent with your confirmation

  • Please contact LSA for upcoming dates.

LSA Public Classes can be customized and delivered onsite at your company. To review the onsite program, please click here. To speak with an LSA Global Expert about your customized on-site options, please contact us.


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