Participant Directed ‘Pick your own adventure’
Do you remember the ‘pick your own adventure’ chapter books when you were in school? Recently the streaming platform Netflix added a show where you can pick any episode and watch it in any order. Many people like a chronological order when learning or watching, but having choice adds an element of interest. There are many ways you can incorporate choice into your workshops and training, but participants need to feel supported and guided through the process.
Learning Experience With Results
I recently facilitated a participant-directed (choice) pick-your-own adventure workshop; find out how it went and get a sneak peek. This material has been shared with virtual and in-person audiences and received very well. I had a lot of fun with the in-person audience because I had more time to dive into the materials (90-minute workshop). It would work just as well online, but my virtual presentations were 20 minutes each (4x). However, I loved seeing those light bulbs ignite each time the content sparked ideas for the participants.
Adult Learning Best Practices
Participant-directed learning experiences include choice. When asking learning and development professionals, facilitators and speakers what activities gave them the most eye rolls from their audiences, roll-plays were at the top. Eyes also rolled when breakout groups or case studies were on the agenda. When producing for speakers, I do see that when an audience is forced to attend a session (student curriculum or mandatory training), there seem to be a lot of internet issues, and people drop off the virtual meeting when we are about to open the breakout rooms. Adding elements of choice and solid activities to warm up a group is essential before jumping into roll-plays and breakout groups.
Try the choice method
We should apply what we have just learned when we learn something. The key is picking one item, tip or activity to implement as soon as possible. It was wonderful to hear what people were going to try first.
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Workshop Sneak Peek
Hot Bonus Tip:
- Adding fun with this adventure option can help spark your enthusiasm for your content if you have become a bit bored with the materials.
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