Adult learning presents a challenge for trainers and content developers. In many cases, technical classroom training consists of lecture-based slide driven presentations with no interactivity. Research indicates this traditional learning environment is not an effective method to promote knowledge transfer and long-term retention in adult trainees. Current adult learning research confirms that classroom time is most effective if lecture is interspersed with a variety of teaching methods, including group discussion and brief interactive exercises. Based on these findings, the service provider investigated an alternative instructional strategy.

This paper will discuss current research and will give specific details on how to create an effective interactive classroom. Guidelines include changing the mindset from traditional classroom teaching methods to a student-centered learning environment, segmenting lecture sessions, and incorporating a variety of activities relevant to course objectives. Examples from various oilfield services technical training courses will be provided to model new course activities.

This paper will help the industry design, develop, and facilitate effective training courses by describing an interactive classroom methodology to maximize knowledge transfer and on-the-job retention.

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