By Noah Cherry
The blender, as we all come to love in our kitchens was invented in 1922 by Stephen Poplawski, the owner of Stevens Electric Company. One of the greatest devices, the blender mixes and creates some of the best beverages and morsels around. Simple ingredients are mixed and blended together to make life’s favorite treats. The same goes for the best learning & development programs out there. To be effective one must experience many different modes of content. Classroom, social, reading, watching videos, attending seminars, trial & error, etc. It is all a mix. Not one single mode is all that effective. To keep up with the dynamic business environment and the “modern learner” 1 organizations need to serve up a seamless experience.
Taking the 70-20-10 theory into account, (70% Informal, 20% Social, 10% Formal), a great blend will yield great results, just like that amazing smoothie recipe you got off of your favorite beverage website. With a blended and continuous learning approach, organizations have the opportunity to more efficiently utilize learning resources, and really offer their employees more learning flexibility and improved performance support.2 Soon, successful L&D professionals will become the expert mixologists, developing innovative concoctions of highly engaging learning experiences for the time-strapped professional. The days of static boring training is over, we are a highly mobile, fast- paced, community seeking enriching experiences throughout our daily work lives.
You may think that video is king or that executive management teams only respond to seminars and ILT, I am here to tell you that YES…those delivery methods are effective. But, they are only truly effective when Blended with other modalities. You must not forget the dyer implications of how the standard 65% scrap learning rate (people not applying what they have learned quickly) has on organizations. Continuous learning plays a critical role in reducing scrap learning by effectively and efficiently developing people which results in improving the performance of organizations. 46% of organizations with strong continuous learning cultures are generally first to market and enjoy prosperous business outcomes.3
Time to fire up that blender and make a tasty concoction of engaging experiences for your organization. A blended continuous learning approach is here to stay and you will certainly benefit from the practice no matter how large your organization is.
Noah Cherry is an account manager at Skillsoft.