"What does this have to do with the real world?" These words sometimes thought by students in the academic world should never go unanswered by technical training classes in the corporate world. In the competitive business environment of today, at a time when mistakes on the job cost a premium, the industry needs technical training that effectively makes the leap from the classroom to the job. Valid strategies for classroom learning transfer do exist. Classroom training must be made relevant to the workplace. This can be accomplished, for example, by providing context, building new information based upon old information using realistic exercises and simulations, applying memory techniques and referring to specific questioning techniques that relate classroom information to the job. In this paper, the research behind learning transfer as well as specific technical oilfield examples will be discussed. This information is relevant to industry professionals who wish to facilitate an effective learning transfer from the classroom to the field.

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