Here are a few situations where the learner would benefit from just-in-time learning.
Keeping up with new product features
With today’s software being updated so frequently, it’s really hard to keep up with new features by relying on traditional training classes. You don’t want to sit through an entire training course just to learn the 5-10% which is new to you. With just-in-time learning, you take the initial training to learn the key features and then continuously learn just-in-time as new product features are released.
Spacing out your learning
Rather than learning everything you could possibly need, all at once and up front, it makes more sense to learn what you need when you need it. Studies show that spacing out learning, over time, will both improve retention and inhibit knowledge decay. That’s because the adult brain needs time to take in new information and assimilate that information into knowledge. Too much information at one time is like an overfilled cup. Consequently, the spaces between the active learning sessions become equally as important as the time spent learning.
Refreshing your knowledge
When we learn something new, like a new competency, we tend to retread over concepts we have encountered before, except now we can interpret them with more experience and perspective. As a result, we get to solidify our existing foundation of knowledge. In addition, just-in-time learning allows the learner to consume the learning content over and over as needed to increase retention.
Learning task-based solutions
There are times when you will not want to learn all the skills and knowledge out there about a product. In fact, you’ll just want to learn how to accomplish a very specific task. For these situations, just-in-time training is also a great fit, as it will allow you to learn exactly what you want, when you want to learn it.
In case you were unaware, Qlik offers just-in-time learning today through our self-service learning platform Qlik Continuous Classroom. Check out what Gartner had to say about it in their new Magic Quadrant report!