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More Training at Less Cost – How Peer Learning Groups Provide More Content on a Limited Budget

Which would you rather do: spend a lot of money and not get a lot for it or spend much less and gain quite bit?  Obviously, not a difficult a question to answer but let’s put it in perspective. What Makes Peer Learning so Effective?…

Triple-Loop Learning and the Peer Learning Group Model

Triple-loop experience learning, also called transformational learning, is used to develop innovative and effective approaches to dealing with long-standing or complex issues. It is through triple-loop learning that individuals (or organizations) can determine how they need to be different to create transformational change.…

How Peer Learning Groups Address the Six Common Training-Fails

Despite significant investments in employee training, it is estimated that nearly 90% of new skills are lost and forgotten within a year. This means that 90% of the investment is wasted.

There is no doubt that training managers is not easy, and no two organizations will face the same problems.…

On-Demand Learning: The Peer Learning Group Approach

The Old is Gone; The New Has Come

The nature of work — and learning — is quickly changing. Managers today face increasing complexity, with new challenges and opportunities arising at the speed of the internet and social media communication.

The old static model of learning is clearly unable to meet the demands of managers who need to learn new knowledge and techniques on an on-going basis.…

The Power of Reflective Learning Through Peer Learning Groups

When Learners Reflect, Learning Happens

Reflective learning is when we recollect what we have learned, think deeply about how the learning is going to help us, and apply the knowledge we have gained. Reflective learners assimilate new learning, relate it to what they already know, adapt it for their own purposes, and translate thought into action.…

Leveraging Cognitive Diversity through Peer Learning Groups

Peer learning groups involve managers learning with and from each other as fellow learners without any implied authority to any individual. They share their knowledge and their unique perspectives to help generate innovative solutions to real management challenges.

Cognitive Diversity

Learning is social and while you can learn something from anyone, it turns out that you learn best from people who are not exactly like you.…

The Four Foundational Principles of the Peer Learning Group Model

The Peer Learning Group Model is based on four foundational principles:

(1) Psychological Safety;

(2) Equality;

(3) Mutual support; and

(4) A Growth mindset.

More detailed descriptions of each principle are provided below.

Psychological Safety

  1. Psychological Safety. According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson, who coined the term: “Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.”

In a peer learning group that is psychologically safe, members feel comfortable: acknowledging mistakes; asking for feedback; maintaining an open mind to opinions different than their own; actively listening; and accepting all ideas equally and without judgment.…

Holding Learners Accountable

“At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves-our success is a result of what we do.” Catherine Pulsifer

There is a lot of information these days about how to measure the impact of a training program, including Kirkpatrick’s model, return on investment and return on expectations.…

Peer Learning Groups versus Communities of Practice

Peer learning groups are often confused with communities of practice. This is understandable, since both involve peer groups. An easy way to tell them apart is that peer learning groups, as organized by The Peer Learning Institute, involve managers from different professional areas.…

Peer Learning versus E-Learning

Peer Learning

Peer learning involves participants meeting either one-on-one or in groups to build interpersonal skills and resolve real workplace problems in a practical fashion. Peer learning groups organized by The Peer Learning Institute also hold participants accountable for learning and practicing new skills and then reporting back to their groups regarding their experience.…