Time To Learn More About Learning

In addition to my own posts, I also write for CloudTweaks, an authority on cloud computing. My most recent post focuses on an excellent white paper produced by the Gartland and Mellina Group, on the ineffectiveness of most professional development teaching styles and how collaborative environments may usher in a more dynamic approach to active, personalized learning. As someone who has delivered professional development workshops for almost 20 years, I am thrilled to observe the tipping point moving ever closer. Here is an excerpt:

The paper focuses on the need for financial services companies to take full advantage of collaborative learning environments to engage learners while reducing costs. Quoting former General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch, the paper states, “An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

The Classic "Forgetting Curve"

The Classic “Forgetting Curve”

The paper starts out by highlighting some of the classic problems found in traditional corporate teaching methods that primarily use passive learning – in other words, “sit at a desk and pay attention to the teacher.” This includes the fascinating “forgetting curve” which reveals just how little knowledge is retained when students are unable to interact.

Active learning, by contrast, focuses the responsibility of learning on the learners, once they have been given sufficiently engaging material to work with. This is usually built out of a combination of instructor-led and interactive elements known as blended learning.

The significance of effective learning to the financial services sector is huge. For example, the GMG paper states, “In 2010, it was estimated that 61% of all compliance training and 23% of all executive training was done online.” It is essential that in such a crucial area of business that learning objectives are met properly and cost-efficiently.

To read more, including access to the white paper itself, please click here.

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