Let’s face it: Learning is tough. It’s messy. It’s effortful. And of course, it takes time. As learning professionals, we all know these truths, but the realities of our organizations and our learners often dictate otherwise. We focus on one-off “events” (e.g. online courses, ILT, bloated PowerPoint decks, etc.) in the hopes that something will stick and transfer of learning will occur, but everyone familiar with the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve knows just how much is retained in the days and weeks after those events. The need for journey-based learning is an imperative for organizations looking to secure better training ROI. Of course, these habits are difficult to break, so here are five ways you can start moving the needle toward journey-based learning within your organization.
It's that time again: Not only is the end of year approaching, Learntec is also around the corner - and of course we will be one of many exhibitors at the fair. However, this year we will attend as a company that has recently won a whole series of awards. For our Mobile Training Reinforcement app ECHO, we have received one of the esteemed Brandon Hall Silver Awards for "Performance Support Technology" - this award is virtually the Oscar of the learning industry in North America.
Training Industry Magazine has also recognized SwissVBS as a "Top 20 Training Delivery Company" in 2017.
At the FocusOn Learning conference, hosted by eLearning Guild, ECHO received the Best Performance Support Solution award. The DemoFest awards are the industry’s only true “people’s choice” competition. We are very proud of these achievements!
"Overcoming the Forgetting Curve" - Sebastian's lecture at Learntec 2017
So why was ECHO so popular in 2017?
How many phone numbers do you know by memory? Five? Six? If you count the phone numbers of relatives you memorized as a child, maybe as many as 10?
Talking to sales managers you immediately recognize that they have a very ambivalent attitude towards training, especially digital training. There are prejudices that training is boring, keeps sales staff away from selling, is difficult to implement, or just plain ineffective.
Yet, digitalization and mobile has provided us with great ways to effectively create and maintain sales force productivity at every step of the learning journey. The answer is to design a learning architecture along three key steps: Onboarding, Reinforcement, and Performance Support. So let’s explore this potential and how to tap into greater sales productivity.
Why do we never forget how to ride a bicycle? I haven’t been on one in 10 years, but I’m confident I’d still remember. Why? Why do we never forget? When I reflect on this powerful experience that most of us have gone through, I always think back to that key moment: the day the training wheels came off. Arguably one of the greatest moments in our childhoods, that was the culminating point in a long journey. In fact, that moment is so vivid in our memories, that we often focus more on that moment and not the long and tireless journey that it took us to get there.