Businesses today are faced with an ever-changing and demanding world in regards to their ability to leverage the newest technology to remain competitive. In order to keep pace with technological change, corporations must be provided with the latest learning methodologies and knowledge sharing for the workforce. Data is used across-the-board to direct financial, strategic, and overall business decisions, but training efforts often lack the analytical foresight and adaptive traits that other parts of a business has.
While adaptive learning has become a buzzword in our education system and for good reasons, it has not been widely integrated into the workforce to help better train employees. Adaptive tools provide a system that evolves and tailors itself to each student, allowing them to effectively understand new material at their own pace. Unlike traditional learning methods, adaptive learning gauges the ability of individual users and adjusts to challenge them based on their unique needs. This new technology can help corporations move away from holding one-size-fits-all orientations and training. Lessons and on-the-floor training can be tailored to a worker’s ability, allowing them to learn at a pace that suits them best. Thus, adaptive technology can lessen the time required to learn a new skill or system, allowing employees to use more of their time in a way that impacts their companies. Adaptive learning fits well into today’s workforce in that it inherently views the employees as individuals, allowing them to personalize their experience and giving them a sense of greater value.
Furthermore, adaptive courses are more interactive and engaging than traditional learning methods, using a more tailored and personalized approach as a technique to make learning enjoyable for users. Workers are often preoccupied with tasks given by their superiors and thus do not take the time to invest in further learning. As a result, corporations may have a difficult time encouraging workers to enroll in and complete training courses. More specifically, the use of goal-oriented computer modules have been shown to improve user engagement and allow users to use the same technology they encounter regularly for further education.
Simple examples of adaptive technology in higher education include the implementation of adaptive curricula. Depending on the end goal of a student, a personalized curriculum can be developed to best prepare him or her for a post-higher education career. On a more day-to-day basis, analytics and data tracking will allow students to hone into where they need to improve and focus in on those areas. With technology, traditional problems sets that are standard over the years can be adjusted in real-time as students work through different questions. In sum, there is great potential for the inclusion of more adaptive learning methods in higher education and a technological tool that should be leveraged.
Case Studies on Adaptive Learning in Corporations
Training Industry: Using Adaptive Learning in Corporate Training
Education Dive: Adaptive learning: The best approaches we’ve seen so far
Chief Learning Officer: Adapting to Adaptive Learning
Inside Higher Ed: Learning to Adapt
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