Moving from learning to performance is no easy task—either for individuals or for organizations. Formal learning can no longer enable a worker to perform in this age of complex work where best practices are not a constant. The call is thus to give the power to the people—to choose content, to learn, and to perform. Adaptive Learning Systems (ALS) are facilitating that by providing learners with an ecosystem in which they can explore the world of formal, informal, and social learning, select content of choice and create their own learning path.
The business case for investing in an ALS to personalize learning experiences will be the strongest if it is possible to leverage existing assets and minimize the initial cost. The case should also circle back to the possibility of empowerment and motivation. And like the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there are dollar benefits from investing in a system that allows personalization of learning and performance improvement. These outcomes are likely to have a positive impact on business results.
Variations of a pure ALS, though, are gaining in popularity. While many may not have all of the features of an ALS, they score on their ability to create a personal environment for learning. They offer a framework for applying models like Pervasive Learning, 70:20:10, Evidence-based Learning, and even some aspects of the adaptive learning methodology.
For more on how organizations are leveraging the power of Personal Learning Environments to support performance, see TIS’ white paper “Mapping ID to Performance Needs”.
- Sarbani Mukherjee, Principal Learning Designer – Accounts North America, Tata Interactive Systems