Enhancing The Application of Learned Skills
Transfer of Learning


Improving Transfer of Learning

The main objective of learning and development (L&D) is to change behavior by replacing old habits with new knowledge, skills, and ability.

Developing proficiency in a skill requires dedication, time, and deliberate practice in a supportive learning environment. Therefore, training programs need to go beyond formal learning events to effectively transfer knowledge.

A well-designed program will create an engaging environment with clear performance standards and ample practice time. This builds learner confidence, enables effective implementation, and provides opportunities for feedback and reflection.

However, a training program should also provide robust resources and tools to support ongoing learning and application of skills.

Remember, the purpose of training is to build skills and drive behavior change that translates back into the workplace.

Establishing Transparent Performance Expectations

When conducting training, establishing clear performance expectations is crucial for all stakeholders involved, including learners, facilitators, managers, and organizational leaders.

Alignment should always be established during the earlier needs assessment stages. This allows for identification of learning objectives and outcomes that help to guide skill transfer.

A well-designed learning program will emphasize the application of learned skills in a real-world context by setting specific targets and goals to be achieved as a result of the training.

A clear timeline should also be established, breaking down new performance standards into manageable steps, and linked to organizational expectations.

This approach helps to ensure further program effectiveness and application.

Achieving Continuous Improvement through Practice and Application

Building a culture of skill-practice promotes the adoption of new capabilities providing further support to learners.

Collaborative learning experiences allow learners to improve their skills, share insights, and tackle challenges collaboratively.

Reflecting on personal experiences, assessing individual progress, and providing ongoing feedback are essential to learning transfer.

Engaging in regular reflection activities, along with self-assessment, helps learners analyze past performance and identify areas for future improvement.

Feedback from instructors, managers, mentors, and peers enhances learning by promoting awareness of performance and providing guidance for improvement.

Recognizing accomplishments and achievements

Recognizing accomplishments and achievement is also an important part of reflection. By implementing structured mechanisms for reflection on achievements, learners can recognize wins and grow their confidence.

Given the limited classroom time, it is necessary to continue reinforcing the concepts taught outside of the training room as much as possible.

By guiding the post-course experience, learners will have a clearer direction for development and relevant pathways for sustainable progress.

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