We know that “one size does not fit all.” Even in training, there is a demand to offer custom and more relevant content to learners (vis-a-vis a generic content). This mandate can be achieved by offering Personalized learning for employee training.
Interestingly, the concept of Personalized learning has been in existence for over 50 years, but only in recent times do we see its application in online training. Before you invest in Personalized learning for employee training, you may have some questions on your mind. In this article, I list and address 6 of these questions. My focus is on providing insights on:
Today, online training is an integral part of training delivery for organizations. With the wider adoption of eLearning and notably Mobile Learning, L&D teams are able to reach a geographically spread audience in a short time.
While this is a great advantage, it also brings in the challenge of rolling out the same training to learners in different roles/regions as well as with different proficiency levels (and different learning styles). This is triggering the need to offer Personalized Learning for employee training as learners are pushing for a customized learning experience (not a generic one).
Modern learners want the flexibility of being able to “pull” the required resource/course rather than being “pushed” to a generic one. Additionally,
This is exactly where a Personalized learning based approach for employee training comes to your rescue!
A Personalized learning based plan for employee training offers several benefits. It is a learner-centric approach that empowers learners to choose what works best for them.
In theory, “yes” but practically, the answer is “no.”
The creation of Personalized learning entails additional costs as well as extra lead time to design, develop, and deploy them. Also, not all training courses are amenable to Personalization.
Let me outline the process steps that will help you understand how Personalized training development is done and what aspects you should be mindful of. Accordingly, you can determine which training programs could be Personalized and what techniques could be used.
Step 1: You need to begin with a creation of the master (or the superset course) as well as the related learning assets.
Step 2: Looking at the nature of the Personalization you want to offer, you need to create the required customized or Personalized variants. This could typically include:
Given the nature of the training, you may also want to offer:
Step 3: Once you zero in on the degree of Personalization, you need to adapt the master (or the superset course) and generate the custom learning assets and learning paths. As a result, there would be associated additional costs and extra lead time to develop them.
Step 4: Remember, not only would you have to factor for the additional costs and lead time the first time, but you will also need to plan for the maintenance and updates for all variants. This is a crucial investment for the Personalized training to continue to be relevant.
The following three Formal training programs are a great fit. I have added some suggestions to offer Personalized learning for these employee trainings:
While you can use Personalized trainings to enhance several of your Formal trainings, they can be used as effectively to support other training and learning formats too.
As you would have noted, a Personalized learning based approach for your employee training is a powerful approach that enables you to offer highly relevant content that would resonate very well with the learners. I hope my article gives you the pointers you can use as you look at adopting Personalized learning for your employee training.
If you have any specific queries, do contact me or leave a comment below.
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