Learning today is more focused on continuous development, instead of the more traditional style of periodic learning. Organisations are beginning to see the potential benefits of bringing this kind of learning into the workplace and are investing in this opportunity.
Learners are no longer satisfied with the traditional classroom. Technology has drastically connected the workplace and personal lives, which has created busier lifestyles for employees. Flexibility in how and when we learn is important to the new age employee.
In order to satisfy the need for a collaborative, on-demand and autonomous learning program, managers are seeking new innovative solutions.
Online learning development
Creating a continuous learning program can be an arduous project for any organisation. When developing such a program, focus on a program that incorporates the four Es of learning:
This can include traditional learning, such as seminars, workshops and events. A continuous learning program can be conducted online using a portal, such as PowerHouse LMS, to develop key training courses, organise events and schedule useful webinars.
Professional development can be monitored through your LMS; however, it should also include tangible practice, such as on-the-job training, development plans and mentoring. Managers can collaborate with employees by conducting performance reviews and taking active measures to assist in development.
Online learning programs do not have to be an individualistic activity: programs can be designed to include collaboration with colleagues and learning through social networks. Peer feedback can also be beneficial to continuous learning and can create a more engaging and communicative workplace environment.
The environment in which we learn is also vital to continuous development. Creating a workplace environment that encourages such progress creates a desire to progress as a professional and improves the outcomes of learning programs. Levelling-up through gamification of learning materials is one way to better engage the learning audience. Social networks, videos and wikis are also valuable tools when developing a learning environment.
Your learning management system (LMS) also needs to be able to monitor and track the progress of employee development. This keeps employees responsible for their own development and allows managers to easily access and organise large volumes of records. To achieve this, we turn to Tin Can API.
Open a can of API
Tin Can API is also known as Experience API. This API is seen as the next generation of SCORM and adapts by collecting massive amounts of data on everything and anything someone does on a computer.
Since we often learn in informal ways, based on experiences, developers have had to create a new line of technology to account for that largely undocumented data. Tin Can API can offer the following benefits:
- Improved content and data portability
- Improved analytics of user learning experiences
- Mobile and offline learning access
- Real-world activity tracking
- Recording of both formal and informal learning
This is a powerful tool for businesses to utilise because it now means we can track the untrackable. All learning activities can be monitored and managers can easily understand their employees’ abilities and skillset gaps.
This data can be linked to a learning management system, so keep a look out for what Tin Can API can achieve in the future.
- Clarity International. (2017). How Tin Can API Promotes Continuous Learning? Medium. Retrieved from https://medium.com/@clarityint_blog/how-tin-can-api-promotes-continuous-learning-85acb21890ee
- Winner, A. (2014). An Introduction to Tin Can API. eLearning Industry. Retrieved from https://elearningindustry.com/introduction-tin-can-api