Formal learning programs are often incredibly rigid. They facilitate a push-based learning culture, allowing management to dictate what employees must review in each unit, irrespective of the worker’s position or prior knowledge and experience. While many organizational leaders believe a push-based approach is ideal, it can actually harm engagement and productivity. Often, not every worker needs the same level of instruction on each topic. For example, those that already have the knowledge end up bored if they have to rehash information they have committed to memory. Then, employees that need more time and instruction don’t have the ability to pause and dig into the topic. Finally, workers who don’t need the knowledge at all end up wasting time on the unit simply because it’s required.
Instructional Design Trends: Choice is King!