Personalized eLearning is customization of eLearning to meet specific needs of learners. It is typically done in the following ways:
Personalization of eLearning empowers learners to select what they want to learn, how they want to learn, and how much time they would like to spend on it. Being more focused (particularly, through the control on picking the right learning path), they get exactly what they need.
From an Instructional Design perspective, personalization of eLearning offers an approach that is far superior to traditional eLearning. Instructional Designers can craft learning designs that offer tremendous control to learners.
Specifically, through personalized eLearning, they enable learners to:
Absolutely! You can use the personalized eLearning approach to promote a culture of learning as a continuum. You can additionally:
All these approaches will help you see better learner commitment, higher completion rates, and better results.
At EI Design, over the last two years, we have been increasingly focusing on crafting learning designs that offer control to learners. Essentially, we want to create learning experiences wherein learners can “pull” what they want rather than be “pushed” into a prescriptive learning journey.
We have created various approaches to offer personalized eLearning that map to the following 4 levels:
Level 1: This is the most basic level of customization that offers personalization of Learning. It includes:
Level 2: This is the next level of customization that offers personalized learning. It includes:
Level 3: Unlike level 2, where the control is still not fully with the learners, at this level we use the following techniques to empower the learners:
Level 4: We designate this as the fourth level as it involves creating multiple variants of the learning elements that provide flexibility to learners to learn through a learning experience that is most relevant and engaging. Typical choices would include:
This solution is a great example of how we have used personalization of learning to help learners get better at skills to create their own brand and excel at work.
It is a microlearning nugget packaged as a mobile app. The solution helps learners build their own personal brand by helping them understand their strengths and mitigating their weaknesses.
Learners get to experience personalization right at the start where they can create their profile and choose an avatar.
Step 1: After they log in, they have to answer a few questions on their personal traits and activities as part of a survey.
Step 2: The responses they provide will be a reflection of their preferences and thoughts which then form the basis for personalized recommendations.
Once they are done with the survey, they obtain 1000 points and are prompted to proceed with the learning journey.
As they go about their learning journey, they will be able to see various learning topics. While they have the flexibility to choose the topics of their choice, recommendations are provided to them as to what learning assets will be beneficial for them. These recommendations are based on the inputs given by the learners in the initial survey.
Learners need to undergo a set learning path featuring microlearning nuggets such as videos, fun info nuggets, interactive content, exercises, and gamified quizzes. They can also share and comment on the learning nuggets that they view.
On the dashboard, learners can see their progress, leaderboard and points, social activity, feedback from mentors, specific resources or just-in-time aids, and so on.
Learners can access all their learning, recommended learning, and resources at one place.
As the intended target profile of learners constituted mainly of millennials who are usually on a path to self-discovery and need guidance in terms of enhancing their personal skills, this solution provided them with the right kind of guidance in a way that engaged them.
You can also take a look at this video that showcases how personalization of eLearning can enhance the overall learning experience.
Personalized eLearning addresses one of the most significant expectations that learners have, that is, to have full control on what they want to learn and how they want to learn. This strategy enables us to align the solution closely to learners’ interest and learning style and helps them achieve the required level of cognition.
I hope this article provides the required insights on why it makes business sense to adopt personalized eLearning and the case study helps you assess the impact it will create. If you have any queries, do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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