Personalized learning: What is it & how does tech drive personalization?

The term “personalized learning” holds a wide range of meanings among different audiences. Take a recent article in EdSurge, for example. Though the article focuses on K-12 education, the interpretations carry over into workplace learning as well.

There’s a reference in the article that says personalized learning is like a fast food menu. “What do I need to learn? What do I want? And that’s what I get.” Playing into this fast food analogy, personalized learning is also seen as being “open” 24/7 — like McDonald’s.

Self-directed, personalized learning (see the analogy above) is much more popular among today’s employees, thanks to easily accessible learning content and emerging learning technologies. Let’s explore how modern learning technologies and systems support personalized learning, delivering employees with the content and tools they need to succeed in their careers.

8 ways modern learning tech fuels personalized learning

  1. Like news apps, modern learning technology curates and delivers content that speaks to each individual learner, based on topic preferences and past reads. Gone are the days of endless searching for the best nuggets of information.
  2. Taking recommendations beyond content, bleeding-edge platforms also recommend networking groups, where global professionals can discuss concepts covered in published content.
  3. Learning takes place both individually and/or collaboratively. It’s up to the learner the level in which they choose to collaborate with other professionals or experts. Prefer to learn solo? Keep settings private and search through desired topics. Then, dive in.
  4. Choose between books, videos, articles or a combination of content with platforms that host multi-format business content libraries. Learning isn’t one size fits all, and learning technologies that accommodate different learning styles empower everyone to grow at their own pace.
  5. Pair multi-format libraries with multi-language content. Platforms that host content in multiple languages give learners the freedom to choose their preferred language. Then, titles are automatically tailored to fit these preferences.
  6. Corporate learning platforms with mirrored mobile apps make learning available anytime, from virtually anywhere. Learning isn’t constrained. Instead, learners have the freedom to choose when and where to expand knowledge and grow marketable skills.
  7. If the mobile app truly mirrors the desktop platform, learning activity is saved (from where learners leave off on their computers), and can be picked up again on mobile devices — and vice versa.
  8. Learning apps that incorporate a social media aspect empower learners to share their favorite titles and feedback on what is learned with colleagues or friends. Learning turns into a social experience (something employees today are looking for).

Join the #PersonalizedLearning conversation

How do you define personalized learning? Join #BBBChat on Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. EST to share your thoughts on the definition. How is personalized learning incorporated into your current workplace learning program? If it’s not incorporated, let’s talk strategy — how do you think it could be?

Additionally, we’d love to know what you plan on learning this summer, and if you prefer to learn on your smartphone, tablet or from traditional paperback books. Share your thoughts with @BlueBottleBiz using #personalizedlearning.