New approach to training

Hi everyone,

For those of you who have taken an Esri Australia training course this year, you may have noticed a bit of a change from how things are usually done. In the past our courses have been presented in the traditional manner, the instructor lectures and then the students do an exercise. Well with the introduction of ArcGIS 10, things have been re-arranged a little…

How do adults learn best? Researching this question prompted Esri Training to change the course design and delivery style of its instructor-led courses so students could more easily apply the skills and concepts they learned. The main changes that have been incorporated into training based on Adult Learning principles include;

  • Icebreakers – getting to know your fellow participants and how they use GIS
  • Problem-solving exercises conducted in small groups
  • More practical and relevant demonstrations
  • Instructors encouraging class discussions
  • Instructors focusing lessons on what students want to learn

The feedback from these new style courses has been encouraging – even more students are walking out with the information and skills they need to do their job better. If you would like more background on Esri’s new training style check out the article in the current issue of ArcUser Online.

Till next time 🙂


It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.  ~ Harry S Truman

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