You take your kid out for a party and at the dinner table, a lady guides your kid how to fold a napkin, something you haven’t taught yet. You just watch how she tutors; and how the kid learns and practice. What will you do next time your kid’s at the dining-table – tick as many:
1 remind about the session with that lady?
2 most likely, you would’ve forgotten about that session?
3 make fun or ignore if the kid’s trying to replicate that session’s learning?
4 appreciate if the kid’s trying to replicate that session’s learning?
You see, it’s about the nourishment you provide to get the desired behavior from an individual. Just enrolling them (not only kids but also adults) to a learning event is not enough. It has to be supported with some chain-reactions aka follow-ups and reminders as you not only save the efforts made earlier but you also discover more.
PS: options 2 & 3 above are bad choices.
Some ways to embed the learning are:
1 Ask the learner to share the lessons in a forum – can be documented too.
2 Give project based assignments – encourage creativity here.
3 Design assessments – spread these over a period of time.
4 Ask the learner to share more ideas – to upgrade existing content or for next steps.
And most importantly, initiate competency based learning designs, otherwise like Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “if you don’t have a destination to reach to, all the roads are the same”!