Training From The Back Of The Room

Training from the Back of the Room is an approach to designing and delivering learning experiences. Based on Sharon Bowman’s books “Training from the Back of the Room” and “Using Brain Science to Make Learning Stick”, this method leverages the science behind how the human brain learns.
When designing learning experiences, lessons are structured to address 4 Cs:
1. Connections: What does the learner already know about the topic?
2. Concepts: What does the learner need to know about it?
3. Concrete Practice: Can the learner do it or teach it to someone else?
4. Conclusions: How does the learner plan to use it?


Evelien Acun-Roos

Evelien Acun-Roos is an experienced Agile Coach at Xebia Academy, a Professional Scrum Trainer at and Certified trainer for Training From the Back of the Room. She has a profound knowledge of Agile and Scrum and knows how to transfer that to Teams, Scrum Masters and Product Owners.
With her passion for Agile teams and individual members within, Evelien is the go-to trainer to get your Scrum team up and running or further improve their skills. She has an impressive track record of helping teams become more Agile, including the ING, Rabobank, Vodafone, Ziggo and Unilever.
Evelien will provide you with two days of in-depth knowledge, challenging exercises and experiences from  Training From the Back of the Room course.


Day One: Brain Science and Learning

  • Warming up: pre-workshop activities
  • Top to wear. Learning outcomes
  • Suggestions for success
  • The 4Cs map
  • The trainer’s toolbox
  • Conceptual centers
  • Brain sciences and human learning
  • The Six Trumps
  • The walk through the gallery (The Gallery Walk)
  • Learning record

Day Two: Brain-based training design with the 4Cs map

  • The map of the 4Cs
  • The RAS and the Triune brain
  • Six ways to transfer information to long-term memory
  • The 4Cs toolbox
  • Training design reminders
  • Creating your own 4Cs Map
  • Learning record

Learning Objectives

  • Explain and define the most current brain science on human learning: information that is directly applicable to all instruction, whether in
    classrooms, one-on-one or virtually (OpenClass).
  • Apply “The Six Trumps”– six learning principles based on brain science that will significantly enhance learning and retention, regardless of the content being taught.
  • Recognize these six principles of learning in action.
  • Use these principles in any learning environment.
  • Combine brain science and technology to improve learning by using both creativity and collaboration.
  • Access new resources that will expand your knowledge of the most current brain science on human learning.
  • Utilize the trainer’s tool bag of practical tips and activities: a collection of the best practices that you created during the training program.
  • For agile trainers and Scrum trainers: Combine the Agile and Scrum processes and principles with Accelerated Learning to create collaborative, interactive, fun, and memorable learning experiences.


  • Teachers/Coaches
  • Speakers/Presenters
  • Agile trainers and trainers
  • Anyone who needs to involve an audience!


We recommend students have experience in providing training or facilitation of groups.


Each student will receive a copy of the official course workbook from Training from the Back of the Room and Sharon’s books: “Training from the Back of the Room” and “Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick”.

All activities are designed with the 4Cs approach and follow the 6 principles of adult learning, based on the best brain science.


Students will earn 14 credit hours for their attendance.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to students who attend the course for at least 75% of the duration.


Dec. 17-18



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Evelien Acun-Roos

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