Workplace Learning for Outcome
Problems with Classroom Oriented Training
Classroom oriented training delivers a low return on education investment for both learners and employers. It is time invasive with high opportunity costs as they take learners away from their home or workplace.
There are three major gaps with conventional classroom training delivery
Relevance Gap – The traditional learning model harks back to the lectures we went through in the higher education institution. It delivers knowledge but has little relevance to our jobs. There is limited focus on application and therefore we hardly remember what we learned.
Access Gap – Classroom oriented training hinges on the “push” methodology, you make them sit through long lecture sessions and endure the blah, blah, blah from the sage on the stage. The modern learner detests being told what to learn and how to go about it, he wants choices and craves flexibility.
Outcome Gap – There have been so many studies done and results published insisting that one-off classroom training isn’t very effective. It does not deliver tangible returns and outcomes for individuals or enterprises. Individuals need not just knowledge but also career enhancement. Enterprises want not just a knowledgeable workforce but also workplace skills utilization that delivers business outcomes.
Competency Learning for Relevance
To stay relevant in a VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), we need to adopt competency-based learning for acquiring job-specific skills and competencies required by employers and the industry.
Unlike conventional educations, competency-based training is broken down into much smaller units that are focused on one specific skill at a time. Such learning may also be called outcome-based or skills-based learning.
Blended Learning for Access
The digital revolution offers the perfect technology and environment where learners could be uniquely identified, learning content is specifically presented, and progress can be individually monitored, supported, and assessed. We have the technology that permits individuality again.
Therefore, more than just digitizing education for mass delivery, we should deliver personalized learning for optimum effectiveness with reduced opportunity costs.
Work-based learning for Outcome
To deliver tangible outcomes, we need to shift classroom education that delivers theoretical knowledge to work-based learning that delivers improved KSAs – (Knowledge, Skills, and Ability).
Work-based learning where 70% of learning occurs through work, 20% come through social learning and 10% through structured training helps learners synthesize and apply their knowledge for skills utilization at the workplace.