How Adaptive Learning can help with persistent corporate training problems?

by The Content Team
on November 30, 2018

Corporate training, the way it’s designed and delivered, remains ineffective.
The motive of corporate training is to equip your workforce with knowledge & skills essential for a job. But it is seldom achieved.

Adaptive learning is outcome based & has become a prerequisite for corporate training. Unlike traditional learning methods, adaptive learning uses formative assessment. It also combats problems which corporate training cannot.

Apart from learner engagement, other problems in corporate training are:

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Different learners, same training

Corporate Training assumes all the learners to be the same. Assumptions are bad, generic assumptions are borderline harmful. Either Course designers don’t consider the difference in skill & abilities of the learners or they are explicitly asked to design a one-size-fits-all solution.

Assessing your learners is a great idea for a relevant training design and delivery. It is trivial but important. Who needs to be taught and why? Ask these questions before proceeding with the course.

Deployment is an important aspect of corporate training

Delivering monotonous content is a good way to lose your learner’s attention. The course should have learning activities & quizzes to ensure learner flow. The average adult human attention span ranges from 10–20 minutes. It is this window that should be used to deploy relevant learning content using interactive elements.

Challenging, interactive, and relevant content ensures learner flow, which is important for retention.

Business objectives

Organizations don’t really understand the importance of training the employees. Either they cut the learning and development expenses or spend it on the other unimportant aspects of the business.

It is important to establish healthy business objectives. Profitability is one of those objectives but it is directly proportional to the skills of your employee. Your organization can benefit from training existing employees. It is more efficient than hiring new ones with fresh skill set.

Lack of awareness about lack of knowledge

Sometimes your learners will dismiss some subjects because of the misconception that they have the full understanding of the concept. This wrong intuition is called ‘Unconscious Incompetence’.

As the courses are boring and uninteresting, the problem never surfaces & ergo, not dealt with.

Adaptive learning can make all the difference

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One of the persistent problems of corporate training arises from the diverse ability and skill set of the learners. An effective solution to this problem is to deliver unique content according to a particular learner’s ability.

How do we do that, you may ask? Using Adaptive Learning.

Adaptive learning system is a computer-based teaching system that adapts in real-time to the unique needs of each learner. Adaptive algorithms are build to constantly assess & adjust, lessons and teaching approach based on learner’s response and needs.

Adaptive algorithms are really useful for corporate demographic. It effectively teaches what is needed, saving the time and money on learning and development.

The process of Adaptive Learning:

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Adaptive algorithm assesses learners and provides real-time feedback to determine an optimal learning sequence for your learner.

Adaptive learning maps your learners with Psychometric tests

Adaptive learning profiles the learners as they answer the questions. We do it via a ready-to-deploy product. ‘Just the quiz’ is a customizable assessment tool that can be used to test and assess your learners during their course.

Provides real-time feedback on the performance

Learner profiling is happening on the basis of formative assessment. Formative assessment ensures that a learner gets a learning sequence that matches their cognitive abilities.

The learning sequence adapts to learners via a real-time feedback process.

Uses interactive learning content for reinforcement

Brain Theory by Dr. John Medina (coolest science guy tbh) suggests that, new information — if not repeated in certain time intervals — gets lost. Adaptive algorithm considers the forgetful nature of brain and makes sure that learners repeat their lessons. Tracked learner data is used to assign interactive learning activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge.

Uses a Flow model for optimal learning experience

Credited to Jeanne Nakamura (PhD in Human development), & Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow Model ensures a state of complete engagement in an activity, resulting in optimal development. If the level of difficulty exceeds the learner’s ability,they will get anxious. If the exercise is too easy, they will be bored.

It is an effective model which you can use while planning the design and the delivery of learning content. According to the Flow model a person is in a state of flow when they are:

  • Intensely focused
  • Experience temporal distortion (typically, a sense that time has passed faster than normal)
  • Find the activity as intrinsically rewarding

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Adaptive learning helps in delivering learning which is unique and relevant to each learner. And it is done in a way that is effective and non-exhaustive making training beneficial for both employees and the organization.

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