How do Learners behave within a learning environment? What do they choose to learn and what grabs their attention? These are questions that L&D managers are often grappling with. It is very difficult predict learner behavior and define ‘How they learn’. This is because the way we learn is often an intuitive and subconscious process. However, there are some identified approaches to learning that most corporate learners tend to adopt – stemming out of their learning environment, preferred way of learning as well as the ways that they approach other technologies. By studying these learning approaches, it is then possible to ascertain learning strategies that will ensure that the learner chooses to learn through an e-course and is comfortable within a technology-enabled learning environment. Here are some learning strategies that you can utilize that align to specific approaches that most corporate learners adopt:
Most corporate learners are busy professionals, chasing deadlines and submissions. Learning can be a disruptive event in the midst of all this. Even though the learner may embark upon an e-course, if he perceives it as ‘too long’ or ‘too detailed’, the chances of completion are less.
Even though it is proven that corporate learners embrace asynchronous learning very well and are attuned to self-paced learning, there are many external forces at play which affect the impact of learning. Studying at the work-station might not be the ideal for some learners, with the demands and disturbances of the background.
Most corporate learners know what they want in terms of learning. Many learners embark on a training event with considerable existing knowledge on the subject while some are complete novices. So when there is a sharp dichotomy in the learner group to include experts as well as novices – there needs to be strategy in place which caters to both.
While providing choice, it is also necessary to make sure that there are some parts of the course which have to be read by all.
An e-course like any other learning event has several parts. The pace that a learner takes within the course is a personal choice – aligning to the way he feels most comfortable. Whatever the approach, avenues for moving about freely or ‘exploring’ should be kept open to suit any and all approaches that a learner chooses.
Approaches that learners take inside an e-learning environment are varied. It is the subject of continuous studies by researchers of the Training and Learning industry. By identifying the approaches, we can form strategies that suit them. Thus we are closer to creating more impactful e-learning. For more information on learning strategies, write to [email protected] or fill the form below: