Society continues to evolve. That is just the way the world works. As the old adage goes, the only thing constant in life is change. This goes for just about anything. For how people dress and act, technology, and even how people learn.
Thus, it is always important to find the current trend and work towards it. For trainers, understanding the trend of learning and development in people allows us to create training programs that are effective.
Training News would like to present three current learning trends that you should remember and use in your training programs.
Personalizing Training Programs
There was once a thought of creating training programs that will cater to everyone. Sort of a “one size fits all” training program or course that everyone can take and it will be effective for everyone.
While the idea is good, it is very hard to do this. The truth of the matter is that people are so different that it is almost impossible to cater a course that will be effective for everyone.
People have different ways of learning. Some are visual learners. Some are visual. Others like experiencing it.
Some of you may be thinking that the solution is to put all these methods of learning together, right? You could do that. However, more often than not, the result is not favorable. It turns into a hodgepodge of approaches that hurts the learner more than helps.
Thus, one of the best approaches is to create a course or training program that focuses on one aspect of learning. It focuses on some set demographic.
Ever since video games have come about, the idea of combining learning and gaming has always been there.
Games are quite powerful. They have the ability to keep the person engaged long enough for the learning to take place. All it takes is the wisdom to enact it correctly.
You could enact certain badges, a point system, and even a leaderboard to help motivate the learners to take the course.
You could also scaffold the course into different levels that require the completion of a certain task or activity to advance from. This acts as a feedback tool. When we see that a person cannot advance, it tells us they need help in a specific area or topic.
Utilizing Social Media
Social media is already all around us. It can be used with just a click of a button. Most of the time, it is already pre-installed in the cellular phones that are purchased. The fact is that it is already embedded in the life of people today.
Why not capitalize on these tools? Why not capitalize on the Facebooks, the blogs, the online discussions, all the different social media sites.
These can be capitalized on for learning and development. Training programs can be tailored so that they need to use these things. A room or group on Facebook can be used to share information or grab valuable pieces of feedback from the learners.
They can also use these sites to share resources with one another. They can create their own programs or content. In doing so, the retention and comprehension of the content is increased. One example is that they can write their own blog posts and offer their own ideas on the topics.