Six tips for successful personalised learning

We regularly see online discussions about personalised learning, and what it exactly means. At DuoTrainin, we do not see much added value in discussing its meaning, because the nature of ‘personalised’ is that it means something else to each person.

However, via one of these discussions we came across an interesting research study by international students of the University of Twente, The Netherlands, into new learning & development formats.

Personalised learning

The Perfect Alternative

Although personalised online learning seems like the perfect alternative for costly and inflexible traditional training programmes, it comes with challenges of its own. Because regularly, people do not finish their online training programme. Its contents does not match with the person’s expectations or its contents is irrelevant. Also, the online platform is not user-friendly enough. Finally, online learning requires a higher degree of self-regulation.

Self-regulated Learning

We are not trying to introduce another term but even though somewhat utopian, self-regulated learning is an interesting approach of personalised learning. Because it can add value to personalised learning in understanding that personalised learning requires much more responsibility of the student. Also, to realise that it requires certain competences to be able to “take initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.”

Six tips for successful personalised learning

  1. Facilitate personalised learning with equipment, activity-based working space and time.
  2. Make sure the learning material has practical applications. Because what can be more motivating than the acquired knowledge materialising in a better skillset and a better performance? Case studies, simulations, roleplays and scenario games in a working context can increase the relevance of a personal learning programme.
  3. Learning together

    Simple, intuitive and interactive is what an online learning platform needs to be. User-generated content should be an integrated possibility.

  4. Stay connected and send reminders, suggestions, evaluations and reviews. In this way, you avoid students interrupting their studies or even stopping with them.
  5.  Make learning a social happening. Studying together and having insight into each others study results can increase the motivation and commitment of the students.
  6. Implement virtual teams or a buddy system. This connects with points 4 and 5. Learning should never be a lonely activity.

See also:
Get right on top of the 2018 learning trends (video)
The things you see in a high-impact learning organisation
Your company is agile. Your work is mobile. How about your training?
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