Making learning a valuable experience


I read lots of blogs on learning. I sometimes end up shouting at my screen; “No! Stop telling me why training and learning doesn’t work! I know it does work!”

So let’s talk about the upsides of learning – how we make learning work. How we make it a valuable experience, and a great journey for learners too.

Let’s start with the end in mind and identify the following from the outset:

  • What do you want to achieve from this learning?
  • Who needs this knowledge / understanding / skillset?
  • What do they need to know / appreciate / be able to do (differently) by the end of their learning journey?
  • Why is it important to your organisation?
  • Why is it important to the learners?
  • How do you plan to communicate and prepare learners for their journey?
  • How will you involve learners in identifying their desired learning and performance objectives and engage them?
  • How will you genuinely involve them as active participants in their learning and development rather than make them passive subjects?
  • What will motivate them to embrace and apply their learning?
  • What learning experiences and structured development have you provided for your team previously?
  • How have your team learnt in the past?
  • What dependencies are there? (For example; IT and systems, processes and policies being ready and signed off – in advance.)
  • What investment (budget) have you allocated for this?
  • What post learning support will you provide to embed the learning?
  • What development will the learners’ supervisors need to coach, mentor, support and develop their teams in the longer term?
  • How will you measure the effects of this learning experience?
  • How will you measure the ROI (Return On Investment) / ROE (Return On Engagement)?
  • What will success look / sound / feel like?

Now that our ducks are lined up, along with our passion for learning and your engaged learners I’m sure this is going to be a great journey….because a highly motivated person can learn almost anything.

So, tell me now, exactly what do you want your team to achieve?