7 Ways Companies Are Using Personalized Learning

Written by
Lizzie Davey
May 25, 2016

Do you want to grow your business but don’t know how to get out of the rut you’re in? Plenty of other businesses are in the same boat, but there’s one simple fix that can give you the boost you need quickly and effectively - personalized learning

Think about it: everyone learns in different ways, so providing training that’s personalized to each team, department, or individual will encourage quick growth in a short space of time.

Let’s take a look at why personalized learning is so effective.

The Benefits of Personalized Learning

Higher engagement

Getting employees to fully engage with online learning in the first place can be tricky. But when an employee feels like a program was made especially for them and their needs, they’re way more likely to interact with the material which, in turn, speeds up the learning process.

Cost effective

Personalized learning is also extremely cost effective. Catering to individual needs means employees will learn at a faster rate, eliminating drawn out training costs for you.

Links to your business needs

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of personalized learning is how easily you can link the content to your business needs. No more generic lessons. Instead, you can craft each module and session so that it fully aligns with the goals of your business.

Better results

When employees are learning what they need and want to learn at their own pace, you’ll see better results than if you ran out a generic training that was the same for all your staff.

So, How Can You Personalize Learning?

1. Set Personal Learning Plans

Encouraging your employees to smash personal and company goals is a great way to motivate them to do better. When an employee has a learning journey mapped out for them, they can see where they need to get to and how they can get there. This is considerably less overwhelming than throwing generic training out to them and hoping for the best.

How to set personal learning plans: either work alongside each employee to figure out what their goals should be and craft an action plan that will help them get there, or add a planner to your learning, where employees can set their own goals and work towards them.

2. Encourage Self-Assessment

To really get results from training, you need to be assessing your employees' progress. This can be difficult if you have a lot of staff, though.

The answer? Encourage your employees to assess themselves. This will help them evaluate what they’ve learned so far and motivate them to succeed in the lessons that follow.

How to encourage self-assessment: offer quizzes and quick-fire tests in your learning program, and regularly ask your employees to describe their progress and how they can improve in the future.

3. Offer Modules and Bite-Sized Lessons

Breaking large, un-digestible lessons down into smaller chunks means employees can pick and choose the areas they need the most help with.

Overwhelming them with hefty lessons with too much information can quickly put staff off the learning process. Instead, you want to make sure everything is presented in manageable chunks with a defined outcome.

How to offer modules and bite-sized lessons: if you have a large topic you want to tackle in your training, try breaking it down into several smaller topics, where each one has a defined outcome and takeaway.

4. Include Different Learning Pathways

Not every employee will be on the same learning journey. In fact, people learn at different rates and some people are better in some areas than others. By bearing this in mind, you can create a selection of learning pathways that mean employees can get the most from your training.

For example, if a team is well trained in a specific area, they can skip that section of the training and move on to another area.

How to include different pathways: assess what each team and individual needs from the training and integrate lessons that tap into their strengths and weaknesses. You might also want to offer the chance to skip areas that have already been covered, and add options that delve deeper into a topic for those who want to learn more.

5. Utilize Different Digital Tools

The beauty of online learning lies in the ability to employ several different tools and methods. By implementing a range of different digital mediums, like video, apps, in-built quizzes and the likes, you’re giving employees the chance to learn in a way that suits them best – which, in turn, leads to a quicker learning process.

How to utilize different digital tools: consider what medium each lesson is best presented in. For example, you might want to include video tutorials instead of text for a particularly tricky process, or you might integrate quizzes at the end of each lesson to add an interactive element.

6. Incorporate Personal Interests

One of the best ways to speed up the learning process and grow your business is to ensure your employees are actively enjoying the training. This means tapping into their interests in the workplace and outside of the workplace.

Not only will they be able to easily relate to the training, but they’ll be more inclined to reach their personal goals.

How to incorporate personal interests: use stories that relate to your employees’ interests, or incorporate tasks and activities that revolve around them.

7. Integrate Relatable Company Stories

Training programs work best when the employee knows exactly what it is they’re working towards. By integrating company stories into the mix from experts and those who have “been there and done it”, you’re helping your employees see the bigger picture.

How to integrate relatable company stories: include case studies from experts and other employees, or carry out interviews with other members of staff.

Personalized learning is the quickest way to grow your business and reach company goals. Not only will it save you money, but it’ll increase engagement and bolster results in your employees. It can be hard getting started, especially if you have a lot of employees to consider, but you can begin by:

  • Setting personalized learning plans for employees and teams
  • Encouraging self-assessment regularly
  • Offering shorter lessons that are easy to digest
  • Including a variety of different learning pathways
  • Using a selection of digital mediums and tools
  • Incorporating tasks that revolve around employees’ personal interests
  • Integrating company stories from other members of staff

If you’re ready to boost your business by implementing personalized learning, find out how Mapout can help you.

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