The Complexity Gap
The examples and exercises used in training are designed
to highlight the important elements of a concept (or a set of
concepts) without overwhelming the participant. As the course
progresses, the participant gains more knowledge and confidence, and the
exercises get more sophisticated.
Rarely, however, do the examples and exercises match the
complexity of real-world problems. Those problems require significant
effort -- often spanning weeks, months, or longer -- to
analyze, explore solutions, implement one, and test it. Thus there is
necessarily a gap in task complexity between the training exercises
and real-world problems.
The Time Gap
A separate problem is that training is often scheduled
at the most convenient time, which does not always immediately precede
the start of the project for which the training is intended. Without
reinforcement, newly acquired knowledge can start to fade. So the
problem here is a different kind of gap -- a time gap.
Both of these gaps can be addressed through the
judicious use of mentoring. Using on-site visits, phone
conversations, or even e-mail, our instructor can help your employees
in a number of ways.
To deal with the complexity gap our instructor can work
with your employees to analyze a larger project and break it down into
more manageable pieces. The various pieces and how they'll interact
can be discussed in detail, helping your employees get up to speed and
immersed, without becoming overwhelmed.
To deal with the time gap our instructor can create a
sequence of exercises of increasing complexity, beginning at the point
where the course ends. The instructor will be available to the
employees for consultation as they work on the exercises.
Furthermore, the employees' solutions can be discussed along with the
provided "ideal" solutions.
By working on these exercises, employees will not only
prevent their knowledge from fading, they will also deepen their
understanding, their confidence, and their competence. So when the
project begins they'll be ready.
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