Most eLearning platform act like a content library.
With this, a whole host of elearning content and digital assets are uploaded to the system and then the powers that be cross their fingers and hope that their people will browse the content and use it.
Unfortunately, they seldom do apart from the ones who are really committed to personal development.
Sometimes though it’s not down to the learner.
More often than not it’s down to the quality of the learning platform. What it can do and how easy it is to use.
It’s also down to the quality of the elearning content as well.
Providing the opportunity for self-directed learning is a given but imagine for a moment that your learners could log on to the learning platform, answer some questions on a topic and then a personalised schedule of learning is created automatically.
How cool would that be?
Welcome to the personal learning journey!
The personal journey would recommend the content and the journey based on your learning style and also your capability level.
So if you were a senior manager and liked to consume videos under 2 minutes then that’s what your journey would consist.
It would consist of short videos at “senior manager level”
The learning would be unique to them, at a level that they want, delivered in the format that they want.
There’s no sheep dip approach here!
It doesn’t stop there.
Imagine that your journey is drop fed to you over time. You can ask the platform to email you with a link to each session on a specific date or number of days in-between each one. It will also nudge you if you do not complete it!
Therefore the elearning content is pushed to you. You and the platform created the programme but then the eLearning platform will act like a facilitator and will cover each session with you in sequence.
If there are quizzes or assessments along the way and you keep getting the same questions wrong, the platform will recommend other content for you to help.
After all, this is a journey. There will be plenty of twists and turns and bumps in the road.
So make sure your learning platform can support personal learning journeys, it’s the future of learning and is where it’s all heading.
I’ve written a whitepaper on personal learning journeys so you can see how to apply them within your own organisation no matter where you are starting out.
Sean is the CEO of Skillshub. He’s a published author and has been featured on CNN, BBC and ITV as a leading authority in the learning and development industry. Sean is responsible for the vision and strategy at Skillshub, helping to ensure innovation within the company.