Customers who invest in training and development solutions typically must justify their investment with associated performance changes. They want to know that the essential learning principles remain honored. These include:
- Bloom’s Taxonomy: The most holistic view of learning includes Affective (feeling), Cognitive (knowing), and Experiential (doing) domains. Learning programs may or may not include all three domains, but it’s good to know what domain(s) you’re targeting and why.
- Malcolm Knowles’ principles of adult learning. These principles underscore that adults:
- are internally motivated and self-directed
- bring their own life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences
- are goal oriented
- want the learning to be relevant to them
- are practical
- want respectful experiences
Similar to any set of underlying principles in nature, industry, or business – these essential learning principles do not go out of style. How we leverage them, instill innovation through them, and create high-quality value with them is the differentiator.
Learning can be an Emotional, Thoughtful, and Practical Journey
When a learner participates in well-designed training program, these timeless principles reveal themselves in these ways:
- Some amount of context-setting up front provides the learner with the confidence that what they are about to experience is relevant and practical. This may also act as an advance organizer for the learner’s brain, easing the eventual leap from affective to cognitive.
- There may be an affective, emotional experience that stirs the learner in a way that is internally motivating. If done right, the desire should be to “learn more.”
- Organized learning points and links to more in-depth content provides cognitive, relevant, and practical food for thought. There’s the “quick hit” (bullet point) and the “deep dive” (short learning module.) Learners want choices, based on the amount of time they have, their own life experiences and unique goals.
- Reflection points take the learning to the experiential – try it, use it, practice it. These points may also tap back to the affective (think about, recall a feeling), making the whole learning journey complete!