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Learning Science Strategy #4: Psychological Safety

Does the thought of workplace training stress you out? Not fun! Ever take a training course that’s full of tricky questions? That’s not very effective. Instead, let’s create a safe space for learning.

 

 

Our eLearning series does just that—along with four other concepts from Learning Science.

Learning Science Strategy #4 Psychological Safety

The best feedback is stress-free, which reminds me to talk a minute about “safe space learning.”

This is all about how the learning scenario is presented to you. We make YOU the bystander, not the doer.

Learning Science Strategy #4: Psychological SafetyThis way, you get to learn at a safe distance from the action—a psychologically safe zone—which allows you to observe without being observed, test your assumptions, and possibly change your mind… without the pressure of scoring.

Why does this matter?

Well, sometimes, when we’re put on the spot, we get distracted by the fear of making a mistake while being evaluated. This makes it harder to learn. At SAI360 Learning, we want to make it easier to learn. If you go down the wrong path in a learning activity, that’s okay, you get to try again. We also let you know why some actions might be better than others when it comes to ethical behavior.

And remember what we said about feedback? It’s not to make you feel bad. It’s to help you be better. Feedback provided in a safe learning space is easy to remember.

When you remember better, you do what’s right.

Then your behavior becomes habit, and organizations where people have ethical habits breed ethical cultures. Those are the psychologically safe spaces where we want to work.

 


Keep going for our final episode on Learning Science:

  1. Encoding and learning design
  2. Error persistence and how to beat it
  3. Forced feedback
  4. Psychological safety and learning
  5. Next→ The hypercorrection effect on performance and confidence

 


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About the Author

Jen Farthing, EdD, is Senior Vice President, Learning Products at SAI360 where she leads strategic operations for education learning products. Engaging adult learners and helping organizations meet their learning goals are the focus of Jen’s career. Jen is a 2022 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education’s “Leadership and Learning in Organizations” doctoral program. As a learning specialist, she specializes in matching evidence-based strategy to audiences in service of designing the most relevant, impactful learning experience possible.

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