So, you browse through the internet, run some quick searches, and then you see various advertisements or suggestions closely related to the topics searched forappear at different parts of the screen. That’s Google AdSense at work. Pattern analysis and predictive model that runs with the help of Google’s powerful analytical tools, that work independently for each user. This right here is a personalized approach used in a general context.
So, then Personalized eLearning!
This is a term that has been popularly in use since the last few years. But what is it, and how does it differ from custom eLearning?
Well, in simple terms, custom learning is about the whole organization, whereas personalized learning is about each individual/learner in the organization. While custom eLearning is developed based on analysing the learners in general, personalization takes it a macro level, customizing solutions for each individual. Earlier, the term personalization was prevalently used in retail, manufacturing sector. Now, under the influence of pervasive technology, personalized learning environments are gaining popularity. The personalization is the result of individual analysis of the learner’s learning pattern, engagement with content, interaction, response time etc.
Personalized learning, works by creating content that can be arranged, reshuffled for creating a unique sequence for each individual, or by segregating learning content on the basis of each individual’s competency, by delivering it on the device preferred. But as easy as it sounds, creating a personalized solution can be complicated. Here are 4 Tips to make it easier:
Tip 1# Utilize the Power of Data
Data, data analytics has changed the way most things work. The trick is to utilize the analytical data well. Use the data collected by tracking, assessments etc. to design personalized content. The data also, allows to assess skillgaps. This helps in creating a learning plan that fits the learner’s level of understanding, and hence meet the desired learner-centric outcome.
Tip 2# Use an Explorative Approach
One of the key aspects of personalized learning is providing learning that allows the learner to choose the next course of action. Within the course, the learning environment too should be explorative. Interactive videos, branched scenarios, game based learning,etc. make this possible.
Tip 3# Offer Learning at the Point-of-need
Personalization is all about when they need it. The approach hence should be to deliver learning (microlearning and performance support), on-the-job or on the go ,when the learner faces issues with implementation and calls for quick support or revisions. Device compatibility is a necessary prerequisite here.
Tip 4# Provide Additional Learning Options
Personalized learning doesn’t always have to be eLearning course alone. Self-paced learning, caters to learner’s learning behavior, which also includes learning material that go beyond the scope of training, yet are associated with it. So, create an online library of curated resources that can be accessed anytime is ideal.
With personalized learning, the one-size-fits-all approach no longer works. It provides learners to drive their learning, it is self-driven and self-paced. From choosing the mode to engaging and exploring with eLearning, personalized learning is all about the connect. Moreover, with the kind of analytical data that is available, predictive models can be created to assist the learners to fill the skill gaps faster and with ease.
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