10 Key Benefits of Adaptive Learning

People learn at their own pace. Your training should incorporate adaptive learning pathways that accommodate faster and slower learners. Otherwise, learners will eventually disengage in frustration with a learning process that doesn't meet their needs.

Here are 10 reasons why individualized, adaptive reinforcement programs are beneficial to your training and learners:

1. Learning Becomes Purposeful

When the course is organized in a modular fashion, learning is given a purpose with the use of defined objectives.

2. Motivation is a Powerful Driver

Intrinsic motivation acts as a powerful primary driver for learners engaged in training reinforcement. When learners can decide what and when to learn, their motivation is activated.

3. Focus on Capacity to Learn

Rather than focusing on the ability to "be taught," an individualized reinforcement course places the capacity to learn front and center.

4. Emphasis on Goal Setting

The modular design of a reinforcement program allows learners to measure progress, track goals, and plan their day in an informed manner.

5. Reinforces Self-Efficacy

When learners are provided a timeline, like through spaced learning, to help structure their learning goals, self-efficacy is reinforced. This can result increased retention and a more positive attitude.

6. Learners Take Ownership

When the learner takes ownership for completing courses in a timely manner, they can choose where they may need to spend more or less time.

7. Decision Making is Key

Learners are encouraged to make responsible choices and "show up" for reinforcement learning.

8. Learning Focuses on Changing Behavior

With guided, individualized learning, behavior change is the focus.

9. Encourages Self-Management

Incentivizing employees to consume training reinforcement course material encourages self-management.

10. Fosters Independent Learning Skills

The natural outgrowth of this approach is more independent learning skills that will make your future training sessions more effective. When done correctly, adaptive learning benefits the learner not just during that program, but in future trainings, as well.

Learn more about how to determine your reinforcement objectives in our step-by-step guide. Download the 10-Step Guide to Determine Your Reinforcement Objectives.


This post was originally published on March 15, 2017.

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