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Explore Custom Learning Paths

Rob Walz

Content Marketing Manager

How many new courses did you add to your library last year? How many of them are a success?

At Administrate, we have seen a sharp rise in course attendance among our customers, nearly tripling since the COVID-19 pandemic. It is clear enterprise training is investing heavily in continuous personal development to stay competitive.

As new training formats and methodologies become more commonplace, this will mean an ever-growing library of courses. A robust course management system is the key to managing tailored learning experiences that cater to employees’ unique needs and preferences. Ideally, a course management system that leverages custom learning paths that include online courses and instructor-led training.

Learning paths are structured roadmaps that guide employees through a series of interconnected courses and learning experiences, designed to help them acquire specific skills, knowledge, or competencies. Each learning path is tailored to an individual employee’s needs, preferences, and career goals, creating a personalized approach to professional development.

This article will discuss how Administrate’s course management tools enable the creation of custom learning paths, transforming the way employees engage with their professional development.

Why Personalized Learning Experiences are Important

Personalized learning is not a new concept, but with the rise of new training modalities, formats, and the reams of data generated by digital learning, we are entering a golden age for personal learning. It is becoming easier to tailor learning experiences based on a host of criteria, manage the logistics, snap outcomes to business objectives, and automate most of the tedious work.

Learning Paths Cater to Diverse Learning Needs

With a diverse workforce, it’s essential to acknowledge and cater to individual learning needs and preferences. Custom learning paths allow companies to tailor learning experiences for each employee, ensuring higher completion rates, better retention, and higher job performance.

Push vs Pull: Learning Paths Encourage Employee Ownership of Training

You’ve likely observed this benefit directly: when employees have the opportunity to choose their learning paths, they are more likely to take ownership of their professional development. This sense of ownership can lead to increased motivation and engagement, ultimately resulting in better learning outcomes and higher job satisfaction. Your job becomes a bit easier: you can pull engaged learners into a course, rather than push them with a barrage of emails and notifications.

Training Journeys Support Continuous Learning and Adaptability

Custom learning paths enable employees to continually adapt to new information, technologies, and industry trends. This adaptability is essential for businesses to thrive in an ever-changing marketplace and maintain a competitive edge.

Best Practices for Building Learning Paths

It’s worth reviewing what goes into building a learning path. To create effective learning paths from a large library of training courses, consider the following best practices:

Identify both employee goals and organizational goals. Where do they overlap? What training is required? Categorize those business requirements. Consult management and other stakeholders that influence an employee’s performance.

Map the courses you will need to add to the path. This may be a simple exercise, but could be a challenge, especially if you realize there are gaps in training content.

Understand how a learning path can be technically built with your existing technology. Some training solutions offer complete learning path tools, but others require creative workarounds to build a learning path.

Measuring the Impact of Personal Learning Experiences

To maximize the effectiveness of personalized learning experiences, it’s crucial to track, store, and analyze training data. This process helps organizations understand the impact of their custom learning paths, allowing for continuous improvement and optimization of training initiatives.

Tracking and Storing Training Data

You need a way to track and store complex, disparate data so you can properly analyze that data. This includes information on course completions, assessment scores, skill development, and engagement metrics. By gathering and organizing this data, companies can gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of their personalized learning experiences.

Analyzing Training Data for Continuous Improvement

Analyzing training data enables organizations to identify trends, strengths, and areas for improvement within their custom learning paths. This can help companies make data-driven decisions when adjusting learning experiences to better align with employees’ needs and preferences.

We can analyze training data to gain insights. For example, we may discover that certain courses are better at improving certain skills. Additionally, we may find that employees are more engaged when presented with certain content formats. By understanding these trends, organizations can make targeted adjustments to their custom learning paths, ensuring they remain relevant, engaging, and effective.

Measuring Personal Learning Experiences

Measuring the value of personal learning experiences is vital for several reasons:

  • It helps organizations ensure that their training initiatives are achieving the desired outcomes, such as improved skills, knowledge, and job performance.
  • It enables companies to identify areas for improvement, allowing them to continually refine their custom learning paths and optimize employee development.
  • Personalized learning experiences demonstrate a return on investment. This can help to justify continued investment in employee training and development programs.

Understanding Administrate’s Course Management Tools

Course management systems are readily available, and often baked into an LXP or even more advanced LMS’s. But when these tools operate in data silos, they are limited and their value is much harder to realize. This section provides a quick overview of Administrate’s own course management features which integrate with other components of the Administrate training solution platform.

Streamlined Course Creation and Management

Administrate is built to accommodate any training modality or delivery format. Classroom, vILT, and blended learning are supported natively. A training manager can create, manage, and report on all types of training in a single interface.

Built on an open API framework, with class-leading developer tools, allows new training formats to be integrated into Administrate. companies to create, organize, and manage a wide range of courses tailored to their employees’ needs.

Flexible Learning Path Configuration

Administrate enables you to create custom learning paths by assembling a series of courses and modules that align with individual employee goals, skills, and preferences. This flexibility allows for personalized learning experiences that cater to each employee’s unique needs and career aspirations.

Learning paths in Administrate can be accessed by training team members, the learner, and the learner’s managers. This allows a collaborative review of an employee’s unique journey. Learning paths in Administrate can be customized using automation tools. For example, you can automatically enroll students to a specific path when they change job roles.

Integration with Performance Management Systems

Administrate’s platform can seamlessly integrate with existing performance management systems, allowing companies to monitor employee progress and skill development in real-time. This integration enables managers to make data-driven decisions when creating custom learning paths and adjusting them as needed.

As you continue to invest in the professional development of your workforce, keep in mind the importance of custom learning paths and the best practices discussed in this article. By doing so, you will empower your employees with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their careers and contribute to the overall success of your organization.

When you harness the power of learning paths, you can unlock the full potential of your Course Management System, transforming the way your employees engage with their professional development and, in turn, driving business success.

Robert Walz is Content Marketing Manager at Administrate.


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