Why individualize learning?

Each individual is unique. Unique within his/her skills, objectives, sensitivity and work-habits. Individualization consists in taking into account this uniqueness to improve learning efficiency.

Individualized user interface

As each learner is unique, he can legitimately wish for a personalized working environment. Information portal technology taken from the mass allows so and some LMS vendors have adopted it.

CLIX 2010… is personal. As with “iGoogle”, a learner can design their own personal learning environment. The first point of contact is the multiple-column dashboard. There, the learner can decide what he wants to be displayed: the courses they have booked, current news or upcoming appointments. This entry portal offers central access to courses, functions and learning content with just one click. —–Marco Kelting, IMC
From the point of view of ergonomics, Syfadis Suite integrates all the latest innovations from the web and guarantees the greatest parameter flexibility for the platform with the use of « webparts », allowing each user to easily design his/her screens via a simple “drag and drop” alike with Netvibes or iGoogle. Another aspect not to be neglected: the user shall be able to create and customize his/her own dashboards and analyses!  —–Pierre Berthou, Syfadis

Personal learning plans

The traditional approach of training relies on provisioning pre-defined curriculums. The individualized approach relies on an analysis of the current and expected skills of each individual, followed by a gap analysis. A personal learning plan adapted to each individual results from this analysis.

The companies are more and more faced with business issues and wish to set up individualized learning plans: all this requires an analysis of the skills that are necessary to carry out one’s trade! —–Pierre Berthou, Syfadis

Informal training

Why shouldn’t the learner be the most qualified person to determine what is best for him? This is the principle on which informal training is based. Beyond the imposed frame (formal one), the trainee gets trained according to his needs, by consultation of targeted contents or exchange with his collaborators. This is an individual approach which should be included in a global knowledge management process.

The behavior of the final users has changed. We have moved from a concept of « push » to a concept of « pull » in which the knowledge given within the enterprise is being capitalized. (…) It is no longer just about delivering content online but about setting up formal or informal knowledge sharing spaces with communication functionalities like knowledge bases, wiki, blogs, forums, chat, etc. —–Elodie Primo, MindOnSite
Budget constraints and a changing workforce comprised of younger workers who are more accustomed to “just-in- time” learning (as opposed to more structured learning), is driving increased demand for the incorporation of informal learning mechanisms. —–Jeff Kristick, Plateau Systems

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