If you ask a learner how they want to learn, taking a high-gloss eLearning course is rarely mentioned. Instead, what we all consistently hear is that people want personalized learning - a term easy to throw out there but not so easy to define.
Richard Calutta, from the US Department of Education at the Office of Educational Technology, has a simple formula for what it means to personalize learning:
Bravais 1.2 provides the ability to track and report on all the content published to and from the BravaisTM cloud platform, no matter the device from which the content is being accessed. Effectiveness can now be measured by individual piece of content, such as video clips, specific topics, lessons, and interactions. Long gone are the days where you can only track if the entire course was downloaded and completed.
Over the next weeks, I will be writing about personalized learning and how that applies to different learning populations. At first I’ll address K12 learning, then I’ll address how personalization affects a high-skill knowledge workforce, and a service workforce.
Bryan Chapman is renowned for teaching world-class organizations how to implement successful single-source learning development strategies. On September 12th, Bryan practiced what he has been preaching all along during a webinar attended by nearly 1000. He took his single-source workshop materials and using Xyleme LCMS technology, created a full course on the topic. His main focus: the idea that from a single-source, content can be output to any format: student guides, instructor guides, eLearning, tablet apps and smartphone apps, just to name a few.
It seems that, for years, people have been writing obituaries for the corporate Learning Management System (LMS). Just do a quick search for “LMS is dead” and you’ll find many blog posts, articles, webinars and conference presentations discussing its demise. Some people, myself included, have even been actively working towards this end trying to hasten its death through carefully worded argument and debate. The trouble is that many organisations have invested heavily in their LMS. Somehow that investment needs to be recouped.
More and more, users are demanding that their learning be personalized. This is because they are getting used to obtain a personalized experience in their day to day life: their personalized news feed on Facebook, their personalized product recommendations on Amazon or their personalized restaurant search results on Yelp. Hence the expectation that learning content delivered to them is personalized to their specific needs as well.