If you’ve ever been in the role of educator, you know first-hand that one size rarely fits all when instructing a group. Your learners bring with them a variety of knowledge, backgrounds, and levels of experience. When it comes to sales, having a diverse team is a big asset - but it can make it difficult to create effective standardized training.
Enter adaptive learning - a game-changing approach that considers the unique needs of each learner and tailors their experience to those needs. This is a huge change from the more popular approach, where learners are the ones who have to adapt to a rigid, standardized training structure that may not work for them. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to create - and even automate - adaptive learning experiences for your team, resulting in boosted engagement and reduced training times overall.
Do I Really Need This? (Yes!)
Consider this example:
Your company is gearing up for a new product launch. You have a sales team which spans the range of experience, from seasoned veterans to brand new hires. No matter who they are, they all need to be fully up-to-speed on this new product. Your veterans have been through this process a bunch of times already, and probably require minimal instruction. Your newbies just got comfortable with your existing products and will probably need more time. However, some of your veterans will still need extra help, and some of the new hires are exceptionally quick learners.
How do you get all of these people on the same page?
Sounds like you really do need adaptive learning!
Adaptive Learning In Action
Continuing on from our product release example, we can solve this problem with one additional step and a dose of adaptive learning.
First, give each learner a knowledge assessment. Use a mix of “softball” and “hardball” questions that span the spectrum of knowledge required about this new product launch.
Second, issue training to your learners based on their performance on that assessment. Lower performers can be directed to more foundational training or to a review of existing training, while you can send the learners with a good grasp on the product to quicker, “brush up” training to make sure they’re fully up to date.
Adaptive Learning Benefits
This adaptive learning-focused approach to training creates value in a few different ways.
By assessing each learner as they come into the training experience, you end up with a knowledge profile for each individual learner. You can use this to provide each learner with a tailored experience that meets their exact learning needs. With material that is actually helpful to them, your learners are likely to me more engaged with the material and will retain more of it.
Adaptive learning also reduced overall training time. Fewer team members will have to review training content they already understand, and learners who need a little more help won’t feel like they’re drowning.
The overall goal of well-executed adaptive learning is a smooth learning curve for all learners. If you can accomplish that, it will be an asset to your organization and your team.
This world is so diverse, and so are your learners. Education and professional development is an ever-evolving field, and adaptive learning stands out as an apparent next step for forward-thinking companies. When executed properly, a transition toward adaptive learning can reduce training time, boost engagement, improve outcomes, and provide valuable data for your team.
Making a fundamental change to how you do training can be daunting. Luckily, ConveYour is here to help. Our software platform makes it easy to develop and issue training material, review content with over eighteen engagement formats, track learner progress, and develop automations to make sure training content ends up in the right hands at the right time.
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