Here’s a short video that shows how we can break our addiction to the course and move training closer to the job. It shows how we can use an instructional reference to help people learn by doing at work.
Click the video once it’s playing to see it bigger on YouTube, or watch a Flash version.
My point: If you’re teaching a process or other practical action, consider creating an instructional job aid that helps learners apply the new process immediately to a real-world task. The mega job aid:
- Provides the how-to information typical to a job aid
- Includes the kind of thought-provoking questions and motivational messages often found in a course
- Emphasizes immediate application of the new process to the real world
- Takes as long as the real world task requires—it’s not a 30-minute insta-cure
Obviously, you could include this sort of tool in a larger solution that also includes a classroom or online course, mentoring, more extensive social networking, and any other combination of approaches.
- Jan. 26: Action mapping for great elearning. London: Learning Technologies conference.
- March 23-25: How to create decision-making scenarios on any budget. Orlando, FL: Learning Solutions conference.