How Learning Paths Help to Create Structured Learning Programs

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How Learning Paths Help to Create Structured Learning ProgramsManaging an increasing number of learners on their development journey is no small feat. Not only do you have to create new learning content and analyze the progress of each of your learners, but you also have to spend hours assigning them a selection of relevant courses.

This is where learning paths will be your saving grace.

As many roles in an organization overlap, certain skills sets are shared, or many courses are mandatory for all employees, sequenced learning paths save you a lot of time in hassle-free enrollments.

What Are Learning Paths?

A learning path is a collection of courses that are grouped together to ensure that learners master a particular topic or program.

The act of grouping helps you enroll numerous learners into the same learning path quickly and easily so they all become experts in that particular subject – especially useful for those in similar roles or teams.

Why You Need to Use Learning Paths in Your Learning Platform

Above all else, learning paths are a massive time-saving tool but they also help guide your learners on their learning journey.

Create structure
Learning Paths are a great way to add structure to any learning program. With new learning technologies, you can even schedule when each learner has access to each part of their learning path, and in which order they must complete them.

Free up your time
Let’s be honest, your time is best spent in other areas than assigning individual courses to learners. When you implement learning paths, you can set each of your team off on their personalized journeys without having to interfere.

Easy goal setting
A path wouldn’t be an effective path if it didn’t lead you somewhere. Learning paths allow learners to clearly see the goal they are working towards and keeps them engaged in the learning content.

What Learning Paths Look Like For Your Employees

At the beginning of the learning journey is employee onboarding – something that learning paths specialize in. Rather than assigning new courses to each new hire for months, learning paths allow you to set up the learning content new employees need to be successful right from the start.

Once you press ‘go’, each learner is led down their learning path with new and relevant courses presented after the first has been completed until they reach their onboarding goal.

In addition, as your learners continue their journey, you can assign mandatory training, such as compliance training or information on product updates, to relevant teams. Skills mapping can also be easily defined when learning paths are outlined for different areas of the organization.

What Learning Paths Look Like For Your Customers and Partners

Along with your employees, your extended network of channels can benefit from learning paths, too.

A great way to implement new product updates is through learning paths so that each of your learners becomes an expert in your product and a knowledgeable brand ambassador.

From upselling techniques to common troubleshooting techniques, your customers and partners can be easily presented with new knowledge that will help them succeed.

The Future of Learning Paths

While learning paths are a great time saver, it’s no secret that learners increasingly demand a personalized learning experience and a choice in what they learn. So, how do you offer this type of learning path when they are, by their very design, supposed to be a one-size-fits-many solution?

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) – your secret weapon for creating automated but personalized learning experiences en masse.

While still in its early stages, AI within a learning platform is already making learning less linear. When it comes to applying this technology to learning paths, AI can be used to understand who each of your learners are as individuals, and put them on the path that is right for them.

In effect, the system starts to understand a learner’s level of expertise in a certain subject and may recognize that they can skip certain steps on the path. With speed to productivity becoming increasingly important to organizations, having some of your learners skip courses where appropriate is the best way to accelerate their development.

Convinced?

Another great tool in your toolbelt, learning paths are an effective way of guiding your learners to success while also saving you time. With just a small amount of set-up required before sending your learners on their way, you can quickly reap the rewards of automating the process.

To see how an effective learning platform can help you scale your learning efforts while providing a personalized learning experience for your learners, get in touch with our team!