Not all learning is created equal. Learning does not simply happen when an employee is handed downloadable videos or materials and given assessments with a specific passing grade. How did that make you feel? After a month, are you confident in your abilities to understand even half of the topic you learned?
Probably not, as according to The Research Institute of America, online learning retention rates are between 25 to 60%, whether you are in the lower or higher end depends on the engagement levels during the learning experience. In learning, engagement refers to the degree of attention, interest, participation, and passion that learners display during the learning process, which will directly affect their learning motivation.
As a complex process, it is a shared experience between the trainer and learner, which means that no experience is the same. As the famous saying goes, “It takes two to tango.” The same applies to learning, as there is no ‘success’ without the efforts of the learner, trainer, and online or offline infrastructures.
Now, you may be asking, “What does learning experience mean?” May we take this further and propose an expansion of the question, “What makes a good learning experience?”
Read on to find out some of the ways you can develop a good learning experience for your workforce:
In a learning setting, peer-to-peer collaboration brings out the best in both parties, as they are able to share and get inspired from the experiences of others, which will increase their engagement and multiply their understanding of the topics. Close collaboration also breeds environments where learners are able to support and encourage each other, especially when the topics get more challenging. Organic and authentic ideas may come up from peers as they spend time together and collaborate – something that is not as accessible in a normal learning management system setting.
Open, Safe Space
By creating an open and safe learning space, both trainers and learners are able to share ideas and thoughts without the fear of judgment from others, which aids the brainstorming process. In this environment, learners are more confident to ask questions and contribute to the discussions, which will increase their learning engagement and improve their knowledge retention over time.
Not only that, but an open and safe environment allows trainers and learners to form genuine connections with each other that can extend beyond the duration of the training. This is important due to the fact that networking is also a key aspect of one’s career.
Fun & Play
When crafting the learning materials or curriculum, it is important to incorporate elements of fun and humour, as this will keep the learners motivated and more energised to learn. A healthy dose of competition has proven to be effective in ensuring that learners are learning at the same pace as their peers. Balance is crucial when it comes to fun, games, theory, and the duration of the sessions. For learners to grasp the topic well, note that the session duration should be short enough to retain their attention, but long enough for them to grasp the concept.
Ensures Learners Understand Concepts
Somewhere along the way, most learning management systems now prioritise test or assessment scores with only one correct answer. However, at Cahoot Learning, our perspective is different when it comes to what makes learning effective.
Learning should be internalised and reflected upon with an end goal of behavioural change, which reflects a deeper understanding of the concept, rather than merely achieving a number of correct answers to satisfy the passing grade. An internal set of tracking & measurements will provide the ability to ensure that the learner truly understands the concepts and are able to apply these new concepts within the workplace.
As mentioned above, not all learning is created equal, which is why Cahoot Learning has expanded on the four important aspects of a good learning experience for trainers and learners. The four key aspects are social learning, an open and safe space, fun and play, and conceptual understanding through reflections.
Cahoot Learning creates an enjoyable active learning experience that is deeply engaging and drives mindset shifts and behavioural change. As an online learning community platform, we foster the Culture of Learning by designing programs and activities that enable people to reflect and apply the learnings immediately, thus driving tangible change in the workforce. We also deliver a unique learning experience in which both learners and trainers will enjoy. With Cahoot Learning, delivering your online classes doesn’t have to be difficult.
Create exceptional custom learning experiences with us today.