Learning Models and Opportunity
What is a Learning Model?
A learning model is high-level strategy to learning. For example, universities often favor a didactic lecture approach to learning. Organizations without formal learning will have one-on-one approach where a manager or peer instructs new employees on process and procedure. It is easy to confuse learning models with delivery strategy. A delivery strategy, like classroom, can accommodate a wide variety of learning models. For example, classroom might employ learning models favoring lecture, team learning, or individualized projects.
The KnowACE Preference
Most organizations are doing what they've always done, and this is understandable, considering the demands on training departments. When an organization is ready to step back and take a broad look at practice, outcomes, and options, KnowACE consultants can facilitate that process.
We favor no delivery strategy or learning model over others. The right approach for organization and specific challenge is always a product of informed analysis. We favor efficient and effective learning, and with the right investment in time and consideration, every organization can have this.
Learning Models & Learning Management Systems (LMS)
The LMS is often the biggest barrier to expanding the learning model. The good news is that cloud-based systems are emerging every day forcing down prices and offering new alternatives. If you have been handcuffed by an expensive dinosaur, there is hope. LMS tools are far too often designed to satisfy IT with little consideration given to user experience or implementation efficiency.
KnowACE consultants have a simple process for facilitation and are trained to guide group agreement on process. Constants facilitate group consensus on goals, ground rules for participation, and a process for reaching agreement. Facilitators leverage these agreements to prevent special intrusion from power struggles, hidden agendas, or animosity over past history. Facilitators are independent, with loyalty only to process and mission. They are skilled at holding all parties to agreements and applying shared values to bridge seemingly fixed positions.