Individualized and Customized
People today are used to getting select information delivered to them based upon their specific interests. This explains the surge in popularity of sites like YouTube and news blogs where people can search for the specific content they want. Students are no different. They are no longer satisfied with being considered part of the mass market, where they sit in a three-day course that may not cover everything they need, and may waste time covering content they don’t really care to learn. Instead, they want to feel like the content was designed for them, and choose their learning materials from an à la carte menu. This self-service approach ensures the right learning at the right time for the right people.
This evolution of content consumption has occurred hand-in-hand with the evolution of technology, and has helped to shift the training model from passive learning to active learning and from an instructor-centric to a learner-centric approach. Learners are no longer just receivers of information, taking notes and listening to instructors. Now, they want to participate in the learning and have some control over what is covered and how it is covered. Active learners want to learn on their own with high quality learning content whenever and wherever they can. They still like to use instructors, but prefer to leverage that expertise as a form of learning support, in order to seek guidance and help solve problems.
This examination of continuous learning then begs the question: how do instructors adapt to each student’s different learning style? Keep your eyes trained on the Qlik Blog for my next post where we will explore the answer in greater depth!