Effective Learning Strategies Are Never “One Size Fits All”

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Watch this webinar to discover how to create effective personalized learning experiences and how Docebo’s Pages helps you bring them to life.

Personalized learning is at the heart of modern professional learning, and the demand for these experiences is stronger than ever. Employees want to learn on their own terms and have great expectations for flexibility – they want to learn anytime, anywhere. In fact, Millennial workers cite learning as the most desirable benefit of a job offer.

The benefits of personalized learning, however, don’t stop at the employee: employers benefit significantly from dynamic, self-directed continuous learning opportunities as well because they create a learner-centric environment in which their employees are engaged and interested in the content they’re being asked to consume. Considering the pace at which the 21st century moves, learners don’t have time for content that doesn’t pique their interest or benefit their own professional development.

But just 10% of organizations are using personalized learning strategically in their L&D activities, according to research by the Brandon Hall Group.

Truly effective personalized experiences put the individual learner at the centre of the learning path by ensuring the pace at which learning occurs and the approach deployed are optimized to individual needs. These experiences consider a learner’s behaviour, such as how they’ve acted and interacted in the past, to direct their learning path into the future with content that’s meaningful and relevant to their interests.  

What is Personalized Learning?

It’s a promising world in which learning experiences match each employee’s personal needs, learning style, retention speed and interests.

It’s foundation is built on four pillars:

  • Learners own their learning paths
  • Focus on learning instead of mandated training
  • Focus on individual competencies
  • Empower anywhere-anytime learning

Personalized learning has the power to solve a long-standing dilemma for businesses: while learning and development is critical to the success of the company, ineffective strategies risk eating up large chunks of employee time and the business’ budget. Leveraging a personalized approach enables the organization to adapt lessons based on individual employee retention and performance to elevate training activities into a strategic powerhouse that drives organizational performance.

Why is Personalized Training Important?

Personalized training helps organizations make training more effective and efficient. It produces more focused learning initiatives, compared to traditional methods that force a slew of training across a wide population of employees, to help organizations target learners with content that’s actually related to their role in the business and that they’re interested in consuming.

It reflects the fact that each employee has a unique role within the organization. Learning environments and content should reflect those unique roles and the specific learner needs related to them. Personalized learning is a great way to ensure that corporate learning happens where appropriate; to ensure the right people have access to the right material – and that material is presented in a way that reflects individual retention and engagement needs.

Indeed, corporate learning has traditionally been a rigid exercise in which content is presented at scheduled times to all employees no matter their roles within the organization. When learning is personalized, content is delivered when and how it can be most effective, when the learner needs it most. It amplifies learning mobility by providing learners with a way to consume content when they have the time to consume it on a platform they want to consume that content on.

Empower Your Employees to Lead Their Own Learning

Here a few strategies you can deploy at your own business to help you deploy a personalized learning strategy that puts learners in control of their learning needs to create highly effective and efficient L&D programs.

Personalized learning pathways: give employees a way to reflect on their learning experiences and share their insights with their peers.

Enable social learning: every employee can be a coach and mentor. No matter their role, each employee can help all other employees extract insights from their learning experiences. It’s the new watercooler chat –  more people than ever before see the value in sharing knowledge with their teams, which allows other to gain valuable and actionable insights.

Learning is mobile: giving people access to content on their mobile devices is no a “nice-to-have,” it’s a must have. They want and need access to whatever they need wherever they are. Use a platform that gives that to them.

Encourage ownership: Effective personalized learning experiences empower employees to take learning outside of the office and gets them to own their learning requirements. Personalized learning is more than just modernizing the process of learning and development, it’s about providing learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the work your employees have to do.

Learning Technology is Essential to Effective Personalized Learning Experiences

Learning technology is critical to the effective execution of personalized learning programs. Three ways a learning platform could address learning personalization include:

  1. On-demand content: Learners want answers to their question immediately. A learning management system helps you centralize your training content and allows it to be accessed on-demand by your learners whenever, wherever they choose to consume it.
  2. Leverage user data: Collecting relevant data is essential to personalizing learning experiences effectively. A learning platform can help you gather data specific to individual learners to help you identify skills gaps and provide customized training programs.
  3. Enable social learning: Learning technology helps a learners’ peers or subject matter experts to deliver personalized training recommendations to learners by responding to questions on a one-to-one basis.

Personalized learning is incredibly important because it creates a learning centric training environment compared to a standardized schedule based one. The modern learner has evolved – your L&D strategies must evolve as well. Leveraging personalize learning experience to engage your learners is an incredibly effective way to drive the overall success of your not only your employees, but also organizational performance.

Problem is, the tools L&D professionals need to bring those personalized learning experiences to life haven’t existed – until now.