Active Learning – 5 things to train Millennials differently
With emphasis on process, performance, and employee motivation as the keys to success, there is no denying the fact that learning has become a barometer of an organization’s competitiveness. Simply said - 'You Train, You Gain'.
Concurrent with the development of the learning space comes a change in learning demographics as the millennial or modern learning generation has arrived. When it comes to more specific millennial characteristics — such as whether this generation learns differently from their older peers — the research is just trickling in. It’s all about ‘Active Learning’.
What actually is Active Learning?
The concept of active learning has been around since the early ‘90s. Although the term covers a broad spectrum of different approaches, its main point is ‘learner-centricity.’ Active learning’s main drive is to put the responsibility of learning at the hands of the learners themselves.
Classrooms and lectures are now slowly becoming a thing of the past. The preferred learning approach has now turned the way of active learning methods.
As a result, most of the progressive organisations are working to figure out how to manage the amount of personalization, involvement, and feedback these learners demand of their learning experience.
Here are 5 ways you can get the ball rolling and update your company’s learning approach for the current and incoming modern workforce:
1) Make Learning Flexible and On-Demand.
Millennials value flexibility in their schedule and their ability to choose when and how they work. They want and need to have the ability to personalize their learning experience. This means making your course available on multiple devices so they can learn when and where they want to. Give them the option to learn at their pace as well by making the information accessible on-demand.
2) Bite-Sized = Right-Sized.
Information moves more quickly than ever, and Millennials are particularly well adapted to taking in a lot quickly. What they don’t want is a training session that has to last two or three hours at a time that they need to clear their schedule to make room for.
Short lessons and modules allow them to get to small goals and checkpoints that provide bursts of motivation and accomplishment that will encourage them to keep going and be more likely to retain the info.
3) Flipped Training.
Turn the tables on modern learners by asking them to instruct their peers. This goes by the 70:20:10 learning principle of encouraging informal learning. Giving them an opportunity to build their skills and expand their comprehension, while sharing learning successes with peers gives a fresh take on the subject matter.
4) Online Group Discussions
Use social collaboration tools to allow learners to interact with geographically dispersed colleagues. Forums and Discussion platforms are ideal to keep them engaged. To ensure that they stay on topic, assign a moderator/the course trainer himself who can occasionally pose a compelling question and guide online discussion in the right direction. Make sure that everyone has an opportunity to speak and that you foster a positive and supportive environment to help those who may be reluctant.
5) Provide Continuous Learning
Continuous learning allows millennials to grow within the position they already hold and keeps them from feeling that they are wasting their time and need to move on.
On-going learning interventions, on-the-job mentoring and rapid coaching are crucial to attracting millennial workers and keeping them. Over a third of this generation said they would be more interested in an employer if they offer exceptional training and development opportunities.
In the fast-moving and often uncertain climate of 21st century business, we need methods for training and development that are quick, effective, affordable and provide our leaders with the information, know-how, and insight they need to shepherd our companies forward. Bit by bit, little by little, microlearning is emerging as perhaps the biggest opportunity we have for doing just that.
Our active training methodologies and post-training interventions at Learngage are geared towards how modern learners can demonstrate learning on the job and measure training ROI. Our comprehensive learning platform – services helps organisations to make training programs more engaging, measurable and a perfect pairing for their active learning strategy.
Call us on 9886463563 to know how to launch millenial friendly training programs and measure their learning success.