The calendar year may have changed, but some trends in the L&D landscape only grow stronger with time. Personalized Learning is one of them.
As we live in a world where personalization has become a driving force to influence user behaviour, 2023 will continue to see the trend grow in leaps and bounds. The need to improve L&D is higher than ever today driven by emerging, new technologies that are making current skills redundant. The adoption of digital transformation has allowed the L&D function to implement personalization in day-to-day learning scenarios to make training a fruitful activity.
L&D managers have largely realized that the one-size-fits-all method of implementing training initiatives has become a passé. Personalization is an effective way to offer a customized and a highly relevant employee learning experience. Personalized learning simply means aligning learning content to address the needs of learners catering to their preferences and interests.
By personalizing learning, you can put learner needs on a higher pedestal, ensuring the success of training initiatives. Personalized training plays a pivotal role in helping learners derive the optimum value from training programs.
Let’s deep dive into the various ways of implementing personalization in training programs.
1. Employing Blended Learning
Blended learning is an amalgamation of a variety of training modalities. It combines Instructor-led Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor-led Training (more relevant to the current times) VILT with online training. Blended learning is the whole package consisting of guided learning, classroom training, eLearning, microlearning and mobile learning.
Implementing a blended learning approach personalizes the learning experience by allowing learners the flexibility to choose the type of learning that they are most comfortable with. Learners are not restricted to just one modality of learning. They can pair up a VILT session with microlearning nuggets, in turn, controlling the way they wish to learn.
2. Harnessing Social Learning
Let’s admit it, work can get stressful at times. Giving employees an opportunity to interact with each other in an informal setting can certainly help reduce the stress. With personalizing training, you can foster collaborative learning by offering platforms to learners where they can identify what others are learning and the level of personalized training they are experiencing. Discussion boards, communities, friending concept along with social media platforms are some of the effective avenues for implementing social learning.
3. Crafting Personalized Learning Path
By creating a personalized learning path, you can assign relevant training to targeted functions in the organizations. Based on the department the learner belongs to, you can craft the necessary learning content. A Sales rep will go through training pertaining to sales while an HR will view training related to their domain. Creating a personalized learning path makes sure your learner views only those training nuggets which are applicable to their role.
4. Encouraging Self-Paced Learning
Transferring the reins of learning into the hands of your learners can be an effective way to get them to focus on their own learning. Adults learn better when they are in complete control of the pace of their learning. As an L&D professional you will obviously provide the general sense of direction. Personalizing the learning experience, however, can give your learners the flexibility to choose the time and method of learning. An LMS is a great platform that hosts courses, automates learning and most importantly personalizes learning to a great degree through technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It gives learners the freedom to choose their preferred format of learning easily.
Every employee has different learning goals and their own way of learning. Analyzing their learning needs, their strengths and weaknesses is the first step towards crafting a personalized experience. New-aged learners learn better when they are given the flexibility and freedom to educate themselves at their own pace.