Make Learning Active with Do-It-Yourself Job Aids

March 2, 2016

It is often the case that when you do or create something yourself, you remember it better.

To enhance the transfer of learning to behavior, have your training participants create their own job aids at the end of the training program.

Read on for the full instructions for this do-it-yourself job aid activity.

Note: The following activity appears in Elaine Biech’s new book, 101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the ClassroomUsed with permission, 2015. 

Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick served as contributors to the companion book, 101 More Ways to Make Training Active. If you missed the list of tips we shared last week from that book, click here to see them now


“DIY Job Aid”


This strategy moves learning out of the classroom and puts it into the workplace in the form of a do-it-yourself (DIY) job aid.


Any number of participants in any course


1.   As is the case with many projects, when you “do it yourself,” you remember it better. This end-of-session job aid activity will help participants remember the skills and knowledge they learned during training when they return to the workplace.

2.   At the end of the session, ask each participant to create a job aid. It could be a checklist, a reminder sign, a list of process steps, a picture or anything that will help them remember what they believe they need to know once they return to the job.

3.   Following the session, ask participants to text the group the first time they use their job aid.


You may wish to provide colorful markers, paper, plastic sheets, self-sticking labels, stickers or other supplies to create the job aid.

Case ExampleOne participant attending a writing class created a list of the most misused and misspelled words. She claims the job aid was worth the entire cost of the class.

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