How adaptive learning can improve your business in real terms

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Learning will resonate with your employees and enable them to become higher performers,  there are many approaches to this. A flipped learning approach is one highly effective method for learning – and retaining knowledge. This is the preferred learning methodology used by Rapl because in simple terms it works and is widely considered to be the most efficient method whilst also more economical than traditional approaches.

A flipped learning approach is the idea that learning through real life scenarios brings better results. A pedagogical approach, it is about the learning taking place in a practical way. It doesn’t have an over-emphasis on the theory. Using Scenario-based learning and practical situations, learning can be flipped which increases learner engagement and makes the learning much more effective, and efficient.

With real-life questions, employees can relate to the tasks and learn more as they think deeply about the ideas. Practical situations will engage the learner and improve results as opposed to learning by reading pdfs or watching videos, which is more passive and the learner will retain less.

To increase knowledge retention, there must be a repetition strategy. Questions that target the challenges is certain to help with recall. Constant repetition will also effectively consolidate the knowledge. If a learner is unsure of the answer, it’s important that this knowledge is tested again in a real context so the employee can understand why the answer is correct. Every individual has a different way of learning and will find some things easier than others, a system that can repeat the learnings that they’re finding difficult will reap great rewards.

And every person’s brain is unique. Brain science is a key insight that helps our understanding of learning and ways to get the best results. When educating, the process of learning should always enable better retention. If you can’t apply what you’re learning, there is little reason to learn it. A flipped learning approach is adaptive and turns the idea of learning on its head, creating a more personalised experience. Individual learning paths is one way where learner is tested on what they themselves need to improve.

Ultimately we have low attention spans and we are far from robots. Our ability to retain information can disappear within 8 seconds, which is one reason microlearning has become an important part of education.

Connecting the learning with practical real-life examples helps make connections in the brain and such methodology is proven to be the best way to learn, retain, and then use the knowledge. It is simple brain science. If repeated and reinforced, success rates will be higher and this will directly affect your business.

A flipped learning approach puts practical learning front and centre. Information must be repeated to be retained but in a real-life context. Using targeted questions analysing the scenario can guide the employee in how to apply their skills in a safe way.  With this approach, learning is relative to each individual employee in the organisation and they can better understand what they are expected to do – and how to perform best in certain situations. This learning is invaluable. Together with a rationale, the learner can understand fully the reasoning behind the concept as well as the brain making ‘real’ connections to their own working lives.

Learning about processes and procedures with real-life situations based around your own industry, will have a much better success rate than alternatives. For example, training for compliance will help your employees recognise the importance of such situations and after interacting with their online learning scenarios, they’ll be able to adapt better to the same situation in real-life which will have a positive, direct impact on your business. With the right learning paths for your individual staff’s needs, no one will be forgotten and you’ll turn a poor employee with a  good attitude to a high-functioning asset to your business.

Prolonging the retention, maximising the learning and also its efficiency. Staff can understand how to apply their learning in a real way that is practical to them – and your organisation. With analytics, you’ll be able to see exactly how your training budget is being spent and how well it is being used. Added to that, more success with KPIs and other key measurables as all staff are aligned with company’s expectations.

Teams and individuals perform differently, and manage situations differently which can make finding the knowledge gaps in your organisation difficult. If you can solve these gaps, and have all your staff up to speed with the skills, attributes and qualities you need in your organisation, you’re certain to benefit greatly. In addition, you’ll also see marked improvements in sales targets and KPIs. Doing this, you’ll be creating a culture that gets you results and not just a tick-box activity.

For more advice on securing your training budget talk to RapL and see how we can work together to secure your intended outcomes. Call us at our Sydney office on (02) 8667 0783 or visit our website

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