The future of learning is bite-size!By James Larter
If we are to keep learning relevant and accessible, it needs to adapt and flex to the way the majority of people are now working.
Even before the pandemic hit, it was clear that L & D had a responsibility to adjust training from lengthy days away from the ‘office’, to shorter accessible sessions, focussed on a clear learning outcome.
As a training provider we have seen demand rising significantly for targeted development sessions, bespoke hour long workshops, which specifically tackle a key learning area, such as How to provide great feedback, and build in to a skills based, development tool-kit.
Of course, the dramatic switch to remote working and the compulsory transition to online platforms, has been a huge catalyst for the adoption of online training – and it’s great to see that it’s working!
There’s nothing new about online learning – I hear you say!
True – the real shift, is the realisation that online training can still be LIVE. It can include live demonstrations, 1:2:1 practice, small group collaboration, opportunities to share ideas and best practice, offer and receive personal feedback; all the essential ingredients for an interaction which makes great training work, and has a real impact on performance improvement.
Bite-size: easier and better – a win : win for L&D providers and learners
I believe training needs to:
- Provide short, sharp bursts of learning
- Focus on a single learning objective
- Be personalised
- Support colleague collaboration and creating a social network
- Benefit the learner’s role
- Help individuals to do their job better
- Be easy to access
- Adopt a coaching style
- Facilitate personal responsibility for identifying and bridging knowledge and skills gaps
- Accept and exploit current technology
But I’m always keen to explore new ways of thinking….