4 Ways Continuous Learning Will Revolutionize Your Training and Development
We’ve all been there—the conference presentation that should have been labeled “information dump” or “you could have just read the book.”
We know it takes time to learn anything proficiently, but we live in a world promising us “quick tips,” “top secrets,” or “life hacks.” Unsurprisingly, one-day training sessions or short courses often yield lackluster results.
Who has time for poor results with the ever-increasing pressure to deliver a great ROI?
There is a better way—continuous learning.
How Does Continuous Learning Work?
Just like the name suggests, learners continually review material until they reach mastery. Unlike traditional learning, no one sets an arbitrary exam date or deadline. Instead of being given a percentage representing how much you understood, you continue working until you’re batting 100.
Learners often take a diagnostic assessment first and then follow a personalized learning plan until re-assessment. Ideally, they repeat the cycle with a new personalized learning plan focusing on whatever they need to master. BenchPrep’s comprehensive digital learning platform automatically generates a personalized learning plan for users because we believe everyone deserves to feel confident in their learning, not just a good grade.
Why Continuous Learning Works with Your Brain
Your brain isn’t a computer. It doesn’t memorize on command. Instead, your brain creates networks of neurons to make deep memories. Spaced repetition, when you review material periodically, allows your brain to make memories. Knowledge retrieval, like answering practice questions, also promotes retention.
People forget anything they learn in a class in a matter of weeks. Scientists call it the forgetting curve.
Why is the Forgetting Curve Important?
Whether or not you aced an exam on the state capitals in the third grade makes no difference in your adult life. Can you say the same for your professional life? For the construction worker building a house? For your doctor’s professional decisions?
Failing to learn can have disastrous consequences. In fact, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US.
Can’t we reduce life-threatening errors with better training?
Of course, we can—continuous learning provides the answer because learners keep going until they reach a high level of proficiency.
Today, it’s easier than ever to implement a continuous eLearning platform. Many providers can push bite-sized learning modules to mobile devices daily. In less than 5 minutes a day, learners keep their skills sharp by answering a few questions and receiving immediate feedback.
4 Ways Continuous Learning Will Revolutionize Your Training
1. Make Learning a Habit
Is training actually worth the investment for businesses? IBM found 84% of staff in high performing businesses had access to the training they needed, while only 16% felt the same in the worst-performing business. High performing organizations had created a culture of learning. How can you do the same?
Continuous learning provides the push learners need to form a habit. A quick notification on the phone, a couple of clicks, and, voila, they’ve learned something new. This type of learning fits perfectly into the 4 minutes a day Deloitte calculated the modern worker can devote to learning.
2. Adaptive Curriculum
The best continuous eLearning platforms adapt to the learner. As the learner answers questions, the platform pushes them the information they need to learn. This type of learning promotes confidence. Often, exams create the opposite effect because they encourage learners to guess. Even sadder, poor scores can sap the motivation and energy out of individuals, leading them to quit. With an adaptive platform, learners will feel good because they’ll experience success and progress towards their learning goal, no matter where they start.
3. Curate Content
Today, learners operate in information overload. When 70% of us turn to Google to do our jobs, we’re never sure who to trust. Continuous learning platforms provide a credible, trustworthy source to guide learners through their daily struggles and questions. Curated content represents one way organizations can help their people cut through the noise in our modern world.
4. Reflect on Skills
When paired with classroom training, continuous learning can help people apply the theoretical knowledge they learned in the classroom to daily situations. Open-ended questions give learners the chance to reflect on how they’ve been applying new knowledge to their daily roles. If they can generate photos or videos, their reflections become powerful performance indicators.
Why You Should Offer Continuous Learning
Everyone needs continuous learning, no matter their profession.
With the half-life of skills sitting at 5 years, no one can afford to be complacent. At the same time, what L&D team has time to create questions for continuous learning software?
BenchPrep Engage promises to help associations, credentialing bodies, and training companies engage learners, add value to their offerings, and build recurring revenue through subscriptions.
Download our e-book, Dreaming of Recurring Revenue? Engage Learners Continuously, to find out more ways you can use continuous learning in your organization.