Whether you’ve been called upon to train your colleagues on the new computer system, or you are setting up a mini lecture in a workplace that you are a guest at, there are some key things you need to remember when designing the room itself.
A training room or learning room should be designed to make what you are teaching as easy as possible for those you are training to learn. In 2022, you will not be expected to stand in front of a whiteboard and prattle on about statistics and what your trainees need to do. Also, who wants to attend a training session like that? You will be expected to create a more engaging environment that will need to inspire the passion for taking on a new skill, rather than boring people to death with Power Point presentations.
Feeling intimidated yet? Not to worry. In this guide, you will be introduced to some key tips for setting up a successful learning or training room.
What Does the Perfect Training Room Look Like?
Firstly, it is important to consider which type of skill you are aiming to train.
If you are teaching a skill that involves a more hands-on approach, such as plumbing, you will need a different training room design than if you were teaching about CPR.
Most businesses and training centers have training rooms that all face one direction, so everyone you are training can see you clearly. However, in the case mentioned before, relating to plumbing, you may want all your students facing a simulated broken sink, which one may place in the middle of their shared table.
So, this is where the underlying design of the room comes into play and is based on the requirements of the course being taught. With this area now covered, here are 5 things that we need to include in every training room, irrespective of the course or skill.
- High-Definition Displays
Even if you are teaching electronics or mechanical skills, you will still likely need to display the appropriate information to those you are training. Especially if the training course is being based around solving an issue on that day and they need to take notes.
This is where having a high-definition display comes in handy. Ideally, you will want a display that allows you to zoom in and create an interactive learning environment. Many of the newer displays will also allow you to connect to the internet quickly if you are unsure of the answer to a question that one of your students is asking.
You will need a type of display board that is also able to play videos and can use the required technology that your students will need to pass the course. After all, how can you teach how to use a piece of plumbing software if the display and computer you are using cannot run the program?
Suppose you are planning to teach a practical demonstration of how to install a sink or repair a toilet. You cannot do this without fixing the model of the devices, or without the required appropriate tools.
In some instances, you can send out a message to your students beforehand to ensure that they bring along the tools needed for the workshop. However, if you are traveling around and are teaching in a new area, it may be best to ensure that you have the required tools to help your students to pass the course that you are teaching.
Tools do not only extend to things like spanners and wrenches. You will also need to ensure that you have spare pencils, pens, paper, and erasers, just in case, someone forgets to pack these tools. This will ensure that the training session goes off without a hitch and that everyone can learn and take notes.
- Moveable Tables and Chairs
Suppose you have one training room to oversee an entire area of plumbing training, while also needing to ensure that this room can be altered so you can train some electricians the next day. You will need to ensure that the tables and chairs are moveable, as the training styles for these 2 different areas may differ. In one lesson or training session, the class may need to break down into small groups, whereas in the next session, the lesson may take on more of the vibe of a university lecture.
This can create complications in the world of teaching plumbing etc, as you may need to bring in heavy objects for your class to work on, and having a moveable table may not be ideal. In this instance, you may need to simply place the items onto the ground for your students to work on, as ensuring that the tables and chairs are moveable is more important to a versatile training session.
It may seem odd to consider having a coffee and snack station in your training room, but access to refreshments is more likely to keep your students engaged and well hydrated.
Luckily, this aspect of the training room doesn’t require too much additional work. You can simply place a table off to the side of the room to stack the snacks and drinks on, which will allow your students to come and go as they please. You may even want to put in a water dispenser, especially if it is a hot day.
It may seem odd, but if you have the choice of where to hold a training session, you should aim to hold it in a well-known location in a city with many transport links. Why? Because this will mean that your students will not have to rely on one sole method of transportation to arrive, and it will also not ostracise the students that you have who do not have a car. Also, this will allow them to have easier access to food and drink amenities during the breaks, which will once again allow them to stay alert and focused on what you are teaching them.
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