Customize your Training Courses to Boost Performance


Customize your Training Courses to Boost Performance

Customize your Training Courses to Boost Performance
One-size-fits-all training courses have a proven track record in business. However this standardized approach, with everyone working through the same content at the same pace, can only be so effective. What we do, how we work, and the organizations we work in have changed. Business is crying out for new ways of learning. Our interdisciplinary teams are mobile and highly focused and therefore less available to a static format. Your team members require an approach tailored to their needs, one that will help them go beyond the basics. By harnessing a new way of learning, which homes in on individuals’ personalities, their backgrounds, and working environments, you can boost your teams’ and your company’s performance.

Why personalities matter for Soft Skills

Customizing your training courses, sometimes even going so far as adaptive learning, means incorporating people’s actual needs, favorite learning methods, and their wishes—their thirst for knowledge! What do they want to learn? And how? What we’re focusing on is what your team members want. Learners who connect emotionally with what they’re learning show a greater interest and have greater understanding. And figuring out why this happens, they’ll be even happier. It’s a virtuous cycle. But one that’s been overlooked in the past.

Jobs, skills and experiences vary within a company. Tastes and personalities, too. Team members are more motivated when the content, already fine-tuned to their personalities, is more appealing, understandable, and directly linked to the skills they want to improve. It makes them feel more valued—and this only motivates them more.

Hence the need to know your learners and their personality type. You can use specialist tools to help you, such as learner experience platforms (LXPs), which include personality tests.

A welcome move
Using these tools, you can direct learners to courses that suit their goals, their abilities, their schedules, their skills, and their personalities. Learners can also clearly see what the benefits of each course are.

LXPs: a new way of learning

Adapting training programs to team members’ psychological profiles is key to motivating learners and ensuring effective training. From this observation, the LXPs’ were created. The learner influences the personalization of his training course according to his criteria. He is free to choose using pedagogical affinities (or type of resources for example), available time or defining a priority issue.

But the LXPs can only do so much alone. For improved customization, they need lots of data and content. They must be able to store and share a company’s in-house resources and draw on available external online content or content from specialist vendors. And of course, they must be able to capitalize on the content generated by the users themselves. This enormous data pool means you can offer interactive, relevant, enticing, and motivating content.

Targeted training for each personality type

Motivated, engaged learners, enjoying customized learning programs, mean better performance. L&D teams are ahead of the game. They use customized training to boost pass, take-up, and retention rates among learners.

Personality tests are a particularly effective tool for customizing learning experiences. For example, they can shine a light on our natural preferences and help work out what an individual’s dominant or auxiliary functions are.

Personality tests: an essential prerequisite
Whatever their psychological profile, learners taking a test before they start a course will benefit from a positive self image. This added bonus helps them develop their self-confidence.

Applied machine learning

Using specific algorithms to process data, machine learning generates a predictive analysis. An increasing quantity of data collected and analyzed will result in a greater precision in defining the educational objective.

Applied to training, machine learning doesn’t just help programs’ customization; it also tailors them to an individual’s needs and progress. So machine learning fine-tunes knowledge to learners’ profiles. Algorithms collect and analyze learner data, and then add the results to the training process. This wealth of information helps to refine existing learning programs and formats. The upshot leads to an even more effective training.

Using customized training as part of your in-house professional development can put you a step ahead. Motivated learners put more effort in. And the upswing in your skills capital will be even more noticeable. Company performance and results will soar. And this change will be long-lasting.

At CrossKnowledge, we’ve made customized training one of our key areas of expertise. But it’s only one of the four areas we have invested in. Discover what happens when we add our cognitive reflexes. Measure the difference in motivation and pass rates when managers get involved and you’ll see how you can use data to your advantage. Find out more about all four dimensions by downloading our e-Book: The Four Pillars of Successful Training Courses.

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