How to Make eLearning Personalized: 4 Key Tips

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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.

We will continue to share our thoughts on personalized learning. Do share your queries in the comments below, we shall try to answer them at the earliest.

Author:
Hands-on, dynamic and energetic executive, Amol has a multi-year experience in diverse technology industries and functions, in both Sales and Marketing and Operations. Engineer by graduate and an MBA professional, he started his career in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager for one of the largest US MNC based out of India continues to live his passion for sales till date. Currently an eLearning and LMS consultant and & Board Member of Knowzies Technology Solutions, his responsibility is to manage the company's growth in the Americas, India and APAC, and encourage its Global expansion through his network of 1000+ qualified Elearning and SaaS experts. Amol is a serial blogger and a have delivered many webinar’s in his past engagements. He likes to write largely about latest eLearning technology trends, mobile learning, and learning technologies. His passion for eLearning makes him the perfect blend for designing solutions for large enterprises especially where the cost is the constraint. Prior to his current venture, Amol had a blast leading the International Business Operations for various leading LMS and eLearning organisations globally. Amol successfully managed a talented pool of professionals and partner companies (Channel network implementation) enabling the acquisition of many leading enterprises. A solid credo in business ethics and knowledge sharing are its key business drivers. He is what the Urban Dictionary would call a straight shooter, enjoys playing cards on the table and doesn't deal with fuss. Big in creating new connections and value to its network (because the network is quite everything), he is hungry for innovation and falls in love for true out-of-the-box thinkers. Cricket and food are superior passions. Loves the family and is blessed with two happening daughters and a caring wife. Over weekends you will find him in kitchen experimenting with new dishes. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on amol@knowzies.com.

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