A learning environment can be defined as the very space within which the learning process takes place. To illustrate, the learning environment in a training session can include the training room, its infrastructure, temperature, appearance, and a variety of other factors that hold the ability to alter a learner’s mood and subsequently shape their willingness to stay engaged. A learning environment is a fairly broad term as it is difficult to filter down a limited set of components that can be associated with it. In fact, the elements of a learning environment within a private tuition session, and a group training program will happen to be different. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to build a facilitative and comfortable learning environment, and this blog provides a glimpse into how to do so.
The training room must be comfortable: While this might sound very basic, trainer training programs for managers often aptly point out that a lot of the learning experience is regulated by the classroom environment. In order to ensure that a cosy learning environment is maintained, trainers and managers must ensure that the room has sufficiently bright lighting, the temperature is pleasant, the room is accommodative of the required number of people, enough seats are there, the walls are not painted in gloomy shades, the floors are clean, not too noisy, the chairs and tables are comfortable and spacious, the white board or screen is not too far away or too small, there is enough space for people to move around, and multiple other factors that tends to be specific to the training room in different organisations. Something as simple as having colourful paintings hanging on the wall can appeal the learners. Once you have gotten your trainees to like the classroom space, only then can they focus on their actual learning process.
Access to facilities outside the classroom: We often, ‘incorrectly’ assume that only the elements present inside the classroom belong to the spectrum of a learning environment. But, as mentioned before, learning environment is a very broad and inclusive term. That said, even facilities outside the classroom such as access to clean toilets, quality water booths, proper food canteen, and other amenities serve an essential role in building a solid learning environment. Imagine feeling thirsty in the middle of a session and not having access to any water booth. Would you be able to focus? When put in context, it can be learned that such facilities are equally important.
Natural environments: Sometimes, shifting your training session outside, amidst the arms of nature can provide a natural and fresh environment. This can be a good stress buster for adult trainees, and offer them the space and energy to focus on the training content. Even in a school, taking the classroom outside to natural spaces have shown to render positive outcomes.
Trainer training program for managers plays an important role in helping aspiring and existing trainers grasp the concept of building a favourable learning environment so that they can eventually deliver training that produces the desired results.
Written By : Shivangi Chakraborty
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