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Excellence in a Learning Solution – Learning Strategy

Posted on the 01 August 2011 by Combi31 @combi31

An excellent learning solution is not one which is the perfect solution in an ideal world; it is one which meets the business need and delivers the results – within the given parameters.There are six areas which I believe are critical to achieving excellence in a learning solution.1. Business Needs Analysis2. Learner Needs Analysis3. Learning Strategy4. Instructional Design5. Delivery and Implementation6. Evaluation.This article clarifies the third area – Learning StrategyWith the performance outcomes and detailed learning objectives set for each audience grouping, the learning strategy can be determined. The designer of an excellent learning solution will be able to select the most appropriate delivery methods, whilst taking into account the project parameters. Different delivery methods will suit different audiences due to their varied performance outcomes and learning styles, and any additional constraints.As well as traditional learning delivery methods, the advent of Web 2.0 has brought with it an ever increasing array of tools that can be adapted for learning purposes. Web 2.0 has also blurred the previously clear-cut lines between group and individual learning methods due to its collaborative nature.So here are just some delivery methods that could be considered as part of the overall learning strategy.* Checklist-based Coaching* Competition* Directed Self-learning (Exploratory within parameters)* E-learning Module* Experiential learning* Facilitated Session* Game or Simulation* Job Tools* Job Shadowing* Manager-led Briefing* Manager-led Interactive Session (ie. round the table)* Online Game* Online Forum / Wiki* Podcast* Roadshow or Event* Self-paced (paper-based) module* Signposted Resources* Tutorial (Learn as you Do)* Video-based Module* Webinar* WorkshopRegardless of the main type of delivery methods chosen for the solution, we have found that well-designed job tools have a huge impact on job performance. These tools are designed to help people perform on the job as quickly and as easily as possible, and are what will help them on a daily basis. Job tools may include checklists, decision tools, posters, desk-flips, quick reference cards, etc. The more effort put into making effective and appropriate job tools, the better the end performance.After effective strategy and selection of delivery methods, the focus shifts to Instructional Design. This is the subject of the next article in this series.Author: Sussan OckwellArticle Source: EzineArticles.comProvided by: Make PCB Assembly

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