Studies on attention span shed light on why students have difficulty with the traditional lecture format. Adult learners can keep tuned in to a lecture for no more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time, and this at the beginning of a workshop. Participants must engage the material to retain it. Presentations should be punctuated with periodic activities of 10-30 minutes duration to enable learners to become re-energized for the next 15- to 20-minute didactic presentation.
Concepts you can practice
- Dialogue - interaction between learners and instructors.
- Supportive atmosphere - a comfortable environment facilitates learning along with a nurturing instructor.
- Encouragement of cooperative communication - clear opportunities for discussion between learners and instructors and learners amongst each other.
Adults respond best to learning that is
- Recognizing the learner as an expert
- Real-life centered
Workshop Participation Feedback
Rally participants from years past relate to us that their favorite presenters do several things:
- Sticks to the workshop description.
- Focus on the main topic quickly (one presenter works better than a panel of 3 or 4).
- Find a balance between involving participants (through small group activities, etc.) and providing 'expert advice' on the workshop topic.
- Are well organized without relying heavily on PowerPoint or giving "a paper".
- Make presentations widely applicable rather than "case specific".
- Provide hand outs.
- Are available as a resource person to follow-up.