CIO is the Cornerstone of Social Learning for Your Training Design

Another core concept of building an Instructor-Led, Participant-Centered Workshop is CIO. I’ll give a brief explanation of it below and then show what it looks like in practice. This is one of the foundational elements of effective training design.  

The Social Component of Learning


CIO lets learners control their experience through choice by trainers creating the proper learning atmosphere. When learners are comfortable in their environment, they’re more open to learning new content and skills.

Control (of what happens to me) = Give learners choices. This can be as simple as choosing who to partner with or picking a certain colored marker. The more involved learners are, the more they learn. Participants take ownership of their learning when they develop their own opinions about the content.

Included (in a group) = Networking is easier in a smaller group than in a packed conference room. Trainers need to be aware of this and build it into their session. Allow small group discussion to give everyone the chance to connect and participate.

Openness (to learn) = Openness naturally occurs when the above two elements are incorporated into your training design. Small groups allow people to share ideas in a non-threatening atmosphere. It allows for more innovation and creativity rather than limiting participation to overbearing extroverts who tend to fight for the spotlight in large groups.  

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This again ties back to the social component of learning.

Social learning allows for participants to process information at their own pace. Collaboration and teamwork is encouraged as group participants learn different perspectives by listening to each other. The lessons learned by asking other participants related questions and hearing real-life feedback is invaluable.

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The Bob Pike Group has helped 95% of Fortune 100 companies with measurable training and performance solutions. There are several workshop options to choose from:

  1. Public Workshops – Choose a city and date that works for your schedule. Experience for yourself our instructor-led, participant-centered approach.
  2. Onsite –The Bob Pike Group will come to your company and coach your team. It’s a great way to build teamwork and set clear expectations.
  3. Design Consulting – The Bob Pike Group will work with you to customize an Onsite Workshop for your team. This includes high level strategy and facilitation across functional areas to ensure corporate training objectives are defined and carried through. Team members are assessed afterwards to ensure information is retained and applied.

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