Let’s assume that 80% of your employees have a smart phone. This is your talent development secret weapon. Mobile learning provides personalized ‘bite sized’ materials that suit modern lifestyles and learning patterns, and has become increasingly more relevant to corporate training. Outside the confines of the classroom – educational apps provide professionals with the flexibility to choose what they learn and when!
Social networks don’t have to be a no-no in the office. You can use a closed LinkedIn, Facebook or other social networking platforms to foster knowledge exchange and discussions. Think that Pintrest is only for lifestyle? Think again. Pinners include digital libraries on Gamification, The Future of Banking and Banking innovation and technology.
Staff cuts? Your training team may not have the bandwidth to find and share articles and resources through these channels. Crowdsource it! Once you get a few senior people onboard sharing compelling articles and their favorite information sources, others will follow. Your team can lead the charge by setting up Pinterest boards and other information aggregation platforms, and let things evolve within the organization.
By introducing game mechanics such as rules, challenges and rewards for achievements, we can not only increase the fun factor, but most importantly learners are motivated by their desire to win. You don’t have to splurge on a state of the art gamified Learning Management System (LMS). Try cheap and cheerful first; monitor your chosen sharing platforms, keep track of the biggest contributors based on a few different metrics (most articles posted, most comments on an article) and announce those standings.
Deloitte’s leadership academy is an effective example of how gamification can be integrated into a corporate learning program.
Embrace ‘sticky’ learning innovations.
When you are evaluating how to spend the budget you fought so hard for, focus on sticky learning. By adopting a blended learning approach you can use tools such as numerical simulation to optimize the effectiveness of any program. Numerical simulations, for example, immerse the learner in a virtual world, allowing them to put theoretical knowledge to the test within a safe environment.
Make Measurement Rewarding
Turn it into a competition