I recently finished a book, called Simpleology, by Mark Joyner and some parts of it resonated with me as an L&D professional. Joyner shares a few simple and straightforward rules of success and happiness that have helped the greatest minds to achieve their goals.
I’m not writing a book review in my post; it’s merely sharing two of the rules that made me think about what we are doing and trying to achieve as IDs, & L&Ds.
To get things we want, we do strange things, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. That’s ok! If nobody tried anything new, we’d be stuck with the same old things and that would make life boring.
The ongoing debate on making learning stick might make us wonder whether it is the learning design or the learner to make it happen. I’m sure most of you agree that both have a significant impact, so rather than focusing on one, we might want to consider both to help learning stick. I feel we L&D professionals press too much on best approaches that We can use to create an effective course rather than emphasis on techniques that need to be shared with learners.
Those who are in training or teaching might have tried this method, at least during their course orientation. I always highlight to learners I meet face-to-face that their self-regulation, motivation, and perseverance help them achieve the expected outcomes. But how do we do this in an online environment in which we might not see our learners?
When starting a course design, I always ask my SMEs what skills the students are to possess or demonstrate when employed in industry. This helps me use the right design techniques to provide more authentic learning experience for learners. One of the elements that I use in my courses is interviews with industry experts. It helps the students gain some insights about the industry from an expert. Further, I turn these interviews into activities or discussions. There will either be some discussion questions or some activities such as role-plays and other relevant ones depending on the course content. It is important that learners analyze their learning after watching the interviews. I prefer to use video interviews if we have the resources. If not, I’ll opt for audio or text at the last resort.