Security and stimulus


Stella Collins, Stellar Learning Last Published  28 April 2015

This tool looks at how to get the optimum balance of security and stimulus during a training session. There’s a fine balance between the states of ‘being stressed’ and not being alert enough to learn and change. Too much in one direction and people get bored or frustrated which can lead them to challenge you or disengage from the training. If you stretch their comfort zones too far then people may resent you, become fearful or may become helpless because they feel they can’t progress. These states are not conducive to good learning.

In this tool you’ll find practical ways to engage learners by ensuring they feel safe enough to experiment but challenged enough to want to experience new opportunities and to learn.

Who this tool is for:
This tool is for trainers and coaches who want to create an environment that stimulates effective learning and engages all your participants.

This tool will help you create an environment in which learners:
  • feel sufficiently challenged to stretch
  • comfortable enough to take risks
  • learn effectively.

Unit: Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process (5PEL)

This tool maps to the following learning outcomes:
  • Outline the neuroscience most pertinent to learner engagement.
  • Provide examples of learning and development practice underpinned by psychology and neuroscience.