November 19, 2018

Learner centrism: why is it important & how to start

Learning has always been a personal journey for each of us. So when it comes to learning itself, it must designed around the learner, instead of the learning content. When you look at learning in general, whether it’s at school or in the organization, it feels like a lot of the emphasis is on the content and how to push the content onto the learners. 

Designing the learning for your organization around your people is essential in many ways. The reason why designing learning around the learner more than the content and learning itself is because: 

  • It provides opportunities for learners to expand towards topics of interest 
  • It promotes engagement and learning as it revolves around the learner 
  • It drives continuous learning 

So, here’s how you can begin when designing a learning experience that is more about the learner.  

1. Be in the right mindset 

The whole process of designing a learning system or even utilizing one that already exists in the market is time-consuming, difficult and there are chances of it failing. It is important that, with these things in mind, you still keep the right mindset. The aim for this is to unlock the learning potential of your people towards better organisational change. 

2. Understand your learner and their needs 

Each learner has their unique learning styles and their own set of needs. Learning in our world today is usually approached in a one-size-fits-all kind of way but really, it should be more centered on the learners – their preferences and needs. 

3. Define and redefine learning objectives 

Like anything else, defining an objective is a great way to create a direction towards a goal. Learning objectives allows learners to have a goal in mind to achieve, and if created in a fun way – such as gamification – it creates even better engagement. 

4. Design and experiment 

Whether you’re designing the learning experience from scratch or searching for one in the market, you must be able to design it around your learner and experiment. It’s not always the first learning design and experience is the right one. 

 5. Evaluate 

You must consistently evaluate the learning. You cannot just give it to the learners and then hope everything will go well. Get some feedback from learners and check whether the learning is indeed valuable for your learners and organization.