Skills for Facilitating Experiential Learning  Strategies for Measuring Training Effectiveness

Skills for Facilitating Experiential Learning Strategies for Measuring Training Effectiveness


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Skills for Facilitating Experiential Learning


Strategies for Measuring Training Effectiveness

The Aim:

This course is designed with aim of meeting the twin objectives for the participants:

  • To hone the skills for using the experiential learning methods such as games and group exercises and making the participants derive their learning;
  • To get a hang of the strategies that can be used for assessing the effectiveness of training and measuring the impact of training to the organisational goals.


Experiential Learning:

The paradigm shift in the training-process, from the trainer-centred approach to the learner-centred approach, makes it necessary for the trainer to adopt Experiential Learning Methods where the learners are put through structured experiences that helps them draw their learning. This course seeks to create an opportunity for enabling the Trainers to appreciate the principle of learner-ownership and the experiential learning cycle and to effectively use them in their training delivery.

Measuring Training Effectiveness:

The responsibility of the Trainers does not stop with delivery of training, but the onus is also on them to ensure that the learners put their learning into action at their workplace so as to reap the benefits of training. Hence it is important to establish a framework measuring the training effectiveness. The course provides a framework based on the concepts of evaluation suggested by Mark Easterby-Smith, A C Hamblin and D L Kirkpatrick.


  • HR Practitioners in leadership positions, who have responsibilities for Learning and Development of employees.
  • Trainers who wish to build their facilitation skills in using experiential learning methods such as games and group exercises.
  • Heads of functions, business leaders and professionals who deliver training in the behavioural areas such teambuilding, interpersonal relations etc.


The Style of the Course:

  • This is a short, intensive course with plenty of activity. Participants will be encouraged to share their learning experiences with others, and to give and receive support and feedback.
  • We will give a comprehensive range of reading material to participants to support their course activities as also serve as a long term source of information and guidance.


The Content:

  • Four ways of learning
  • The Systematic Approach to Training
  • The Transitional Model of Harry Taylor (SAT and Beyond)
  • The Kolb Model of Experiential Learning.
  • Selection of a training method / combination of training methods.
  • EoT Matrix based on concepts of Evaluation of Easterby-Smith and Hamblin & Kirkpatrick


The Course-ware:

  • Systematic Approach to Training (pre-course work)
  • Experiential Learning
  • Learning Styles Questionnaire & key to scoring
  • Training Method Selection
  • Evaluating Training Courses
  • Framework for EoT
  • Glossary of Commonly Used Training Terms
  • Select readings
  • CD containing a collection of Games and Activities


The Methodology:

  • A pre-course assignment about the current training practices in the country including the Systematic Approach to Training.
  • Learner-centred training methodology based on experiential learning to generate an environment conducive to effective learning.
  • Micro sessions involving application of select training methods.
  • Individual & Group work.


The Facilitators:

Prof. Gopalan Narasimhan (GN), PGDM, CAIIB, PGDGSM, CQA, Director, Bumblebee Academy

Has rich experience in designing and delivering Corporate Training Programs in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Change Management, Project Management, Negotiation, Decision Making and Customer Relationship. Has more than 25 years of business and corporate experience, of which more than a decade in Leadership and Senior Management roles; With different companies viz., Oracle, i-flex, State Bank of India and Wipro Is an Adjunct Professor in a leading Business School conducting courses for MBA and Executive MBA programs Is a specialist in Leadership Development and Assessment and is qualified to conduct Assessment Centre/ Development Centre Passionate about People Development and bringing out the best in people; Mentored many Managers as part of Corporate Mentor Programs

 Mentor and Advisor for start-up entrepreneurs and business leaders


Along with another Leading Facilitator, who is

  • a “Certified Trainer” by the Training Division of Government of India, competent to conduct “Direct Trainers’ Skills” (DTS) course, a five-day Train-The-Trainer program designed by Thames Valley University, UK, in collaboration with GoI,
  • with rich corporate experience in steering the L&D function in corporates of different sectors for around two decades and has been facilitating leadership programs for managers and leaders;
  • holding a Masters degree in both HRD and in Psychology and is a certified as NLP practitioner (NFNLP, Florida), HRD Facilitator, in Thomas Behavioural Profiling, and has certifications in ‘Design of Training(DOT)’ and ‘Experiential Learning Tools (ELT)’ courses of GoI and also “Leaders of Learning” course offered by Harvard University through edX.
  • And is a prolific free-lance writer, who has written extensively on management and social themes and has authored a book in the genre of Personal Excellence.


The Language:

The training will be conducted through the medium of English and vernaculars may be used sparingly, if needed, for facilitating unhindered interaction across the board.

The Certification:

Based on consistent performance during the micro sessions during the course, a certificate of successful participation will be given to each participant.

The Validation:

Course validation will be carried out through administering an “Immediate Reaction Questionnaire” and oral feedback.

The Duration: 0930 hrs to 1730 hrs for 2 days.

(The participants may need to stretch beyond the course time on Day-1 to do a group work)

The Days: 24th and 25th July 2015