Training an autonomous, multigenerational learning workforce in the classroom and online.
Since the rise of the 1950’s digital era technology has shaped the way we experience everything. Advancing and disrupting major players within the economy, education and training has also undergone a technological revolution.
Traditionally, what began as a process of transferring books and manuals onto an organisations learning web-page, has evolved into an intended strategy for learning & development architecture. An architecture that harnesses a social, personalized, on-the-go digital experience. Learning technologies today have the power to create trackable opportunities for training and proven return on investment for organisations. It can yield observable results for the individual and improve the human capital of society in its surge towards a global knowledge economy.
Part of the 2018 AMT Training learning strategy highlighted our investment in enhancing the learning curve by maximising the use of learning technologies in the classroom and online. These efforts resulted in the design and development of our very own proprietary learning management system DELTA. We are responding to the need for autonomy in learning consumption and the desire for useable, accessible content is emerging. For this reason our development strategy focuses on what current data and experience tells us are the most important emerging trends.
Social learning theory understands learning as behavioural and cognitive expressions of human nature. And despite the historical context of this research the core principles are still as relevant today as they have ever been.
From the success of social media platforms like YouTube and Instragram, it is apparent that theoretical references to; 1. Observation (environmental), 2. Imitation (cognitive) and 3. Repetition (integrated) are still relevant to our understanding of contemporary learning behaviour. Click to watch Albert Bandura’s 1963 Bobo doll experiment.
At AMT Training we implement regular drill exercises, build a model scenarios and collaboration tasks to reinforce learning topics and encourage learners to become independent thinkers, confident in their ability to execute financial expertise.
Research findings highlight that younger learners are more encouraged to learn by trial and error. Due largely to the gaming industry, it seems the younger generation are happier to take risks and figure things out as they go along. The learning sector has responded to this through gamification.
DELTA offers a range of gamified badges that can be acquired throughout the training to incentivise learning and as a means of building a progressive reward system into the learning experience.
Drill exercises are also used with real time company information to ensure the transfer of learning from the classroom to the working desk is seamless.
Research showed 94% of learners revealed a preference for learning at their own pace rather than at the same pace as a group. A learner driven approach facilitates individual learning requirements that are scalable. The importance of a robust learning infrastructure is therefore crucial to the impact of any learning endeavour.
At AMT Training, we have strategically developed learning resources that can respond to a variety of situational factors. With a learning portfolio offering pre-work, self-study e-learning courses, webinars and utilising micro-learning media rich content, build a model simulation and flipped learning design, we successfully respond to the needs of an autonomous learner.
As seen across many apps and e-commerce websites, a personalized homepage is an effective way to display learner progress. Capturing a real time insight into online behaviour and performance is paramount to developing a long-lasting training relationship.
By using this tool, we encourage learners to take responsibility for their learning success and remain consistent. Tools like these help both the learner and training team identify and monitor high achievers as well as those who may require further help and support.
The only thing constant in the world, is change
At AMT Training we understand that learning is contextual. Any desire from an individual to acquire a specific skill within a particular context, presents the opportunity for a tailored design and delivery of knowledge.
In 2019 we recognise the success of our training relies on how effectively we respond to the changing needs of our learners. As such, we aim to deliver a superior learning experience, perfecting skills and adding value to learners in an adaptive, innovative way.
by Zalika King eLearning Specialist