CQMC Security Training Course Delivery
As trainers it is our responsibility to ensure that we deliver information to our learner’s in a way which will be understood and retained; ensuring that the knowledge and skills gained can be implemented into their workplaces.
We all view the world in own way, and this is due to our personal and different life experiences; influencing our way of learning. There are various theories on understanding our learning experiences and preferences, but today I am going to focus on the most popular and simplest to understand; The VARK Modalities (4 types of learning styles)*:
What is important here for us as an RTO; is that for training to be effectively delivered, retained and applied by the learner, we must integrate the VARK modalities within our training programs. Understand these learning styles can assist our instructors to manage the varying learning styles within a group and set up training activities and assessments which support individual learning and assessment experience. If we do not apply these principles, we find that learners will lag behind the course group.
Applying the VARK modalities in a security training course
Visual learning style
Visual learning relates to seeing and observing the learning content which replaces the use of text, such as symbols, diagrams, shapes and colour to transfer information. Examples of this would be the Aircraft Safety Card you find on planes detailing what to do in the event of a potential emergency; other examples would be charts or graphs (visual map).
How do we engage visual learners?
We provide multiple handouts on a USB thumb drive for learners to take home for self-study, allowing them more time and space to process the information taught for that day. We also make good use of our whiteboard to highlight, breakdown and reinforce specific information on topics being presented. This assists learners’ time to process the information whilst in class and engage the instructor with further questioning, also allowing the learner to come up and demonstrate their understanding on the whiteboard.
Auditory learning style
Auditory learning relates to information that is heard or spoken, such as listening to the explanation of the lesson rather than just reading the notes or the presentation. It is also about being involved in group discussions, expressing the topic out loud in a way in which they understand.
How do we engage auditory learners?
We use lots of group discussions and in-depth explanations of the presentations to get them involved in the lecture; asking questions and having them verbalise their understanding of the topic they’re being presented with (saying it in their own way).
Read & write learning style
Read/write learning relates to those who learn through written words. These learners prefer to read and write down the learning content in a way which they interpret it best, such as key words and sentences. This style of learning does overlap with visual learning, however they are more drawn towards reading articles and researching information.
How do we engage read/write learners?
We provide a multitude of written scenario based activities to challenge the learner, allowing them to connect the written scenario to the practical application of a similar situation. The use of visual aids also reinforces the learning process.
Kinesthetic learning style
Kinesthetic learning relates to experiencing or physically carrying out learning activities or simulations. This is also known as tactile or hands-on learning.
How do we engage kinesthetic learners?
We include many practical based activities within our security training programs to ensure that all learners have opportunities to apply the theory learnt, in a practical environment more than once. The use of practical scenarios ensures that learners respond appropriately and perform in the workplace within their job role.
Why are our security courses successful?
We develop our own training materials and course structure, which means that we do not pay consultants to do it for us. This ensures consistency and understanding across all of our training programs with our trainers.
About Peter Wunderlich
Peter Wunderlich is the Managing Director of Core Quality Management Consultants and Training Package developer for the RTO. Peter also provides Leadership and Communication training to various corporate clients.
He also specialises in Integrated Management Systems development, risk management, business continuity and auditing; and preparing businesses for ISO accreditation.
His other passion is supporting various small charity organisations throughout Australia and overseas, making changes in small corners of the world.
(*Fleming and Mills (1992) suggested four modalities that seemed to reflect the experiences of the students and teachers. Reference https://vark-learn.com/)