Creating a training program for adults is a challenging process but comes with the reward of life experiences that adult learners bring to class. An recent article detailed how to draw out experiences from your students using the ROPES formula.
To summarize, ROPES stands for:
- Relate: Show learners how the new information they are going to learn expands on something they already know and where they should file this new information.
- Overview: Give learners a summary of the activities for this learning objective.
- Presentation: Give learners what they need to know, especially if regulatory or safety issues are part of the topic.
- Exercise: Incorporate activities to get the students interacting and using the information you just presented.
- Summarize: Review what the students learned, answer any lingering questions, and close out each learning objective.
After reviewing the steps in ROPES, determine how much of your training time should be invested in each step. Remember to use ROPES for each learning objective in your course.
Follow the example below, inserting your own times:
- Relate – 5 to 10 percent of class time (3 to 6 minutes)
- Overview – 10 to 15 percent (6 to 9 minutes)
- Presentation – 25 to 35 percent (15 to 21 minutes)
- Exercise – 35 to 40 percent (21 to 24 minutes)
- Summarize – 5 to 10 percent (3 to 6 minutes).