Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Spice up compliance training with poetry

When you think of compliance training, it’s pretty rare that words like “entertaining” and “fun” would come to mind.

Even though it may still be one of the “least glamorous” topics in corporate training, someone has found a poetic way to make it a little more interesting.

Yehuda Berlinger, an internet professional and game designer from Israel, has rewritten US and Canadian copyright laws as poetry. By putting them in verse form, Yehuda has made intellectual laws memorable and fun to learn.

From Multimedia Learning:

Yehuda links each verse to the actual copyright law. It’s a brilliant exercise in creative summation and would make great learning activities.

For example, here’s a line from US law § 114. Scope of exclusive rights in sound recordings:

(a) The exclusive rights of the owner of copyright in a sound recording are limited to the rights specified by clauses (1), (2), (3) and (6) of section 106, and do not include any right of performance under section 106(4).

And Yehuda’s verse:

Sound recordings, but not music
Can be re-performed
As long as it’s attributed
And not grossly malformed

Yehuda has rewritten US Copyright Law, US Patent Code, US Trademark Code, Canadian Copyright Code and UK Copyright Law. All of it is posted on his blog.

Whether you’re looking for a new employee learning activity or wanting to improve training retention, try mixing a little rhyme or two into your lesson.

As the instructor, you could turn an otherwise dry piece of information into a memorable moment by rewriting it in verse form. Or, turn the poetry into an activity where trainees take the information they learn and write a poem to summarize the main ideas.

What do you think? Have you ever used poetry or rhyme to make a learning activity more enjoyable? Could you think of any other ways poetry could be used in the learning process?

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