Surveys Article: What is the most effective learning method?

This month, AUGI members were asked to chime in on their favorite means of education. When I first stated in the industry, I think classroom education was about our only option. There were textbooks available, but, no Amazon or other services to see what all was out there.

Be sure to check out this month’s issue of AUGIWORLD magazine, which will be themed on Education and Training.

The top reply was just jumping in and trying to perform a task hands on, with nearly close to 1/3 of respondents taking this approach to learning or teaching a new skill. The second most popular method was video instruction, with the next significant preference being working through tutorials or a textbook.

Classroom instruction and help topics were further behind, and the least popular way to learn effectively is in a group activity.

Interested in finding out more about how your fellow AUGI members learn and teach? Check out the results of these past polls and surveys:

  • How do you learn at work? – Frequency and formality of knowledge-sharing
  • Sources of Learning – What methods have you used to gain all of the skills that you have now?
  • Current Learning – What ways were members currently engaged in education?
  • How do you like to learn? – Throwback to 2006, where members were surveyed on their preferred educational setting, training formats, weighting the importance of environmental factors and desired time spent on learning a specific topic.

Please be sure to participate in this month’s poll on your most frequently used design software, and read the next issue of AUGIWORLD Magazine which will bring you industry insights from your connected colleagues.

Melanie Stone is a CAFM/ IWMS Specialist supporting and writing about ARCHIBUS, FMInteract, Tririga, Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD or similar. She served as an AUGI Director/Officer for over 6 years and is currently involved with the STLRUG. Melanie can be reached at or found on Twitter as @MistresDorkness on YouTube or on her Mistress Of the Dorkness blog.

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