Although adaptive learning has its roots in tertiary education, it’s fast being adopted by savvy organisations for corporate learning.
We’re breaking down the top four reasons why Adaptive learning suits modern learners.
Tailoring is everything
Most Australians use the internet daily. The way we connect, shop, play and watch online also shapes our expectations for work-related internet use. Today, websites offer a personalised experience, based on browsing habits or social media behaviour. Why should workers be satisfied with mass-delivered content for workplace training? Tailored content is fast becoming the norm online  and adaptive learning has created opportunities to extend this trend to elearning.
Time stops for no-one
A staggering two-thirds of white-collar workers say they don’t have enough time to do their job and, in a typical week, most workers have just 1% of their work hours to dedicate to training and development . In today’s workplaces, people simply don’t have time for ‘nice to know’ information when learning. We want our questions answered precisely and at speed. Adaptive learning experiences are, by their very design, leaner than traditional elearning courses. A modularised structure helps learners save time by allowing them to skip content they already know and focus on the essentials – minimising cognitive load.
Learning on demand and on the go
In today’s work climate, it’s hardly reasonable to expect a group of workers to access training at the same place, at the same time, and about the same topic. We often work from several locations, structuring our time in non-traditional ways to meet the demands of work and home life. Furthermore, teams of workers will rarely have the same learning needs. Workers need access to learning on demand that focuses on what they need right now. When adaptive learning exploits the best that technology can offer, workers can access their training anywhere, at any time, and on any device to address their immediate requirements.
Variety and curated learning
Our appetite and attention for long-form videos and articles have all but vanished. With social media leading the way, we now expect bite-sized content optimised for busy lives, short attention spans and quick consumption. Video, of course, is king, although anything longer than four minutes is a no-no . Adaptive elearning, with its modular structure, lends itself perfectly to a variety of presentation styles within the one course, such as photo galleries, listicles, vlogs, explainer videos and short podcasts. With modern learners expecting a mosaic of curated learning experiences , bite-sized content that is mixed, matched and presented over time is well placed to satisfy.
So there you have it. Adaptive learning, with its reliance on technology and data, is primed for use in online learning environments. It’s developing alongside rapid advancement in technology and radical changes in workplaces and corporate learning. Therefore, adaptive learning works best when optimised for how we live, work and learn in the modern world
Learn more about our Adaptive resources:
- Download our Adaptive 101 Whitepaper
- Tune into our free webinar on Adaptive Learning on July 12
- Discover and demo our brand new Adaptive Suite – designed to be your refresher training companion.
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2 Forbes Insights & PwC Content Survey. (2016). Leading with customer-focused content: driving growth through personalised experiences. Retrieved from https://www.pwc.nl/nl/assets/documents/pwc-leading-with-customer-focused-content.pdf
3 Tauber, T. & Johnson, D. (2014) Meet the Modern Learner (Infographic). Bersin by Deloitte. Retrieved from https://www.bersin.com/Practice/Detail.aspx?id=18071
4 Tauber, T. & Johnson, D., op cit.
5 Bersin, J. (2016). Predictions for 2016: A Bold New World of Talent, Leadership, and HR Technology Ahead. Bersin by Deloitte. Retrieved from: http://blog.bersin.com/the-bold-new-world-of-talent-predictions-for-2016