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Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 13

07 Feb 2020

Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 13

Nick J Howe
Getting All Employees to Proficiency—Guaranteed When 100 proficiency is the expectation, a safer and more knowledgeable workforce is the result. Resulting in increased success for all. For companies to have productive and knowledgeable workforces, it’s not enough if just some employees reach proficiency. A thriving workplace requires that everyone be competent in the necessary knowledge and skills. The problem, however, is that traditional learning and development is unable to account for the differences among learners. Some people grasp the material quickly; others struggle and are left behind, and most become frustrated wasting time on what they already know. Competency gaps within the workforce can lead to unacceptable risks, lack of engagement and lost productivity. The solution is to use a personalised approach to training, to meet all learners, wherever they are.
Advanced adaptive learning Personalisation of workforce training can be accomplished by leveraging the capabilities of advanced adaptive learning, which blends the latest in software algorithms with cognitive research. Using a problem-based approach, an advanced adaptive learning platform will uncover what each individual has already mastered and reveal the gaps. This approach replicates the classic tutor-andstudent instruction shown to be highly effective in the research of Benjamin Bloom. One-to-one personal tutoring is not a scalable or cost-effective solution but computer-based adaptive learning is scalable and can be deployed effectively across a population of learners of any size. The personalisation advantage Personalisation of learning to build worker competence makes obvious sense. Why should workers spend time revisiting what they have already mastered, instead of focusing on the areas that really need it? With personalisation, learning is far more engaging, allowing people to receive additional support in specific areas in which they struggle.
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