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Workshop Tip #29: Plus more tips. See below.    

Trial and Error: Beng, Beng Bingo Learning        

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Learners learn by trial and error.

Which is better - trial and error or scientific learning? Why?

Have you experienced learning quickly by committing an error or mistake?





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1. Start objectives by asking them what they hope to learn within the confines of the topics.

2. Ask what errors they experienced and discovered, and what have they learned from them.

3. Encourage them to share how they would handle a difficult situation.

4. Request them to search in company records the cases and incidents that taught people the

5. Cite current practices that were introduced because of a complaint or incident.
    An example : In one company, all meetings now start with a few minutes on safety policies and
    procedures in case of fire or related accident.

6. Focus on highest value, errors, workarounds and solution.
    Use workarounds as a learning approach. Translated positively this means problem solving,
    troubleshooting, tricks, maneuvers, shortcuts, best solutions, etc.

    Identify high impact work and business performance areas.

7. Simplify content: deliberate reduction.
    Discover immediately useful content to solve problems.

8. Teach learners to ask 5 questions. 
    Select a topic then ask:

a.  What/why do I want?  - Objectives

b.  What do I know now? - Draw out experience and knowledge

c.  What is fun to discover? -  Find the fun part

d.  What do I want to try? - Encourage exploration/adventure

e.  How do I feel? - Appeal to emotions

9. Facilitate learning by introducing hints.


People learn best by trial error and not following organized content. They are more inclined to explore and discover. They get excited as they learn from their own insights.

So... always leave room for trial and error, even if you have pretty good-looking  lessons created as your labor of love.  Don't clip your learners' wings, cut off their imagination or frustrate their need to play.


Join the Story-Based Technical and Compliance eLearning Design Workshop.
In this workshop you will learn... 

The Story-Based Technical and Compliance eLearning workshop will show you methods of using stories (cases, events, discoveries, problems, etc.) in creating engaging compliance and technical eLearning programs.



  • Become a lead in-house consultant and designer.
  • Be a consultant to your clients.
  • Be the innovative in-house trainer of  Story-based eLearning Design.    

eLearning Workshop Tip # 11: Minimalist Story-Based eLearning Lesson Grabs Learner

eLearning Workshop Tip # 12: How to use the story-based approach in software training

eLearning Workshop Tip # 14: How to Add Suspense to eLearning Stories

eLearning Workshop Tip # 18: Anti-Bullying - How to combine story with a compliance lesson?

eLearning Workshop Tip # 19: Incidents of errors as basis for technical learning design

eLearning Workshop Tip # 21: 11 Ways to Making HR Compliance Engaging - Live Demo

eLearning Workshop Tip # 23: How to Chunk Content into 3-Minutes - Part 1

eLearning Workshop Tip # 24: How to Chunk Content into 3-Minutes - Part 2

How to Chunk Content into 3 Minutes - Part 3: Workshop Tip #25 -free ebook

What You Must Know Before You Design Interactivity: Workshop Tip #26

Do you suck life out of your learners?: Workshop Tip #27

Create Memorable Story-based Test Questions: Workshop Tip #28

Dozens of methods will be presented in the workshop. Participants will have access to hundreds of stories and methods to help them produce more engaging technical and compliance eLearning.   


They will own copies of the examples for their own reuse.


Watch for more workshop tips to come!