Get full value for your training efforts

May 2019

Get full value for your training efforts

The learning environment, the way a subject is taught, and your preparedness are important parameters that influence the outcome of your next learning experience. Read this article to know more about what we do to set a high standard and get a few tips on how you can benefit even more from your training.

Most of us can recall as a child to sit in a classroom, gaze out of the window and to wish we could be outside. As a grown-up you want that feeling to be different. Ideally, you want to be motivated to learn new stuff, take in new information and interact with likeminded people. Overall, you want to get the most out of an opportunity to grow your competences.

How you as a course participant acquire new skills and take in new knowledge is individual. This makes the task of teaching highly complex since the planning of courses and the actual lecturing have to meet various learning preferences.


Good learning experiences matter

At Atrium we take this task seriously, and we want to help our lecturers become even better teachers. Cecilie Betzer, Programme Director at Atrium, is leading a “become a better communicator” project in this area and she has a strong personal motivation to inspire good learning experiences:

“Already when I was studying to become a nurse, I was fascinated by the way the subject was taught more than the actual subject itself. I really picked up on the differences between good and bad teaching and after finishing my education I went on to become a counselor. Over the years I’ve taught various groups of health professionals and I’ve added a Master of Arts (MA) in Education. The combination educational theory and everyday experiences with teaching and being taught are what fuel my passion for creating good learning experiences. I know how much it matters for the individual and I know what it takes for the teacher.”


Teaching is a discipline

At Atrium we have a stated goal that everyone attending our training should leave wiser. For you as a student to have a good learning experience the teacher has to master two equally important skills: profound knowledge of the subject matter and good communication skills. The communication skills are the focus in our “become a better communicator” project. Everyone teaching at Atrium are highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals within their field of expertise. But good communication skills do not automatically follow with that. Interacting with course participants, activating various learning preferences and inspiring participants to integrate new learnings with their existing knowledge is a discipline in itself. These skills are what we focus on in our new program.

“We pick up on new trends and adjust to market changes. We also know that what worked yesterday may require a different approach next time, because the expectations from our course participants and the market they navigate in change. My approach is always based on the assumption that there are no ‘bad’ course participants, which is also why we appreciate all feedback,” Cecilie says.


Prepare for your next course

So, if there are no bad course participants does that mean that you as a course participant are off the hook and have no responsibility for your learning? No, that is not how it works.

Going back to school as an adult is an active decision and requires you to take full responsibility. How you show up, your expectations and your ability to leave any personal concerns behind influence how present and attentive you will be and how much of an impact your new knowledge will have.

There are several ways you can positively influence the quality of your learning experience. Here are a few tips for you to set yourself up for a successful learning experience:

  • Before: Spend time reflecting on why you take this particular course and how you plan to put your newly acquired knowledge into action. What do you aspire to do after having completed this particular course?
  • In class: State your expectations clearly when asked, ask questions and share your own experiences when relevant.
  • After: Reflect on your learning experience and provide feedback – for the sake of the course participants that come after you but also as a chance for you to revisit the course and your most important take-aways. You may also want to consider if anyone in your company back home will benefit from a brief presentation of what you have learned – teaching is the best way for you as a course participant to implement new learnings. Last, but not least, stay in touch with some of the other course participants – you now share a knowledge base in this particular field of expertise and this is a chance to extend your network.

“I cannot state clearly enough how valuable feedback is for everyone. The more we know about your expectations as well as your experiences the better training we can provide. This helps us adjust the content and teaching methods. We get to renew ourselves and keep a high standard for the benefit of everyone,” Cecilie wraps up.


Contact Client Manager Birger Flinthagen at +45 39 15 09 06

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