by Kristin Isler, Product Development Coordinator
The revolution of personalization represents a move away from the once-standard “one size fits all” approach, so why not apply it to the digital learning environment? Personalization helps make a product or service more endearing to the target audience, including e-learning, according to an eLearning Industry article.
Adding a touch of personalization to e-learning presents information to an individual rather than a group. Customizing content and features that tailor to individual needs, preferences, and learning styles improve the overall learning experience. A study on MOOC learning indicated that individual participation enhances an individual’s ability to “develop skills of finding relevant information and become adept at filtering, picking and choosing information relevant to personal learning.”
These quick and easy solutions will pave the way to bring personalization to your learning management system.
Create specialized profiles and dynamic menus
Allowing users to create their own profile – from uploading an avatar to listing hobbies and interests– builds a learning community that fosters individual engagement. Rather than including a text-book introductory paragraph, instructors should include a photo and contact information in their profile to personalize their virtual office space as well. When individuals feel part of a shared learning environment, it fuels engagement.
Dynamic menus also give individuals an opportunity to customize their learning environment. By reshaping modules to align closely with their needs, they can quickly jump straight into a particular topic or lesson.
Personalize content based on learning preference
Read, watch, or listen? Cater learning environments to varied learning needs – including auditory, visual, and text-based – while still achieving training requirements. A single course can comprise of graphs and videos for visual learners, narration for auditory learners, and detailed notes for text-based learners.
Using various methods to deliver content gives individuals the opportunity to choose what works best for them and optimizes a learning path suited for his or her specific needs.
Establish goals and develop periodic milestones
At the start of each course, encourage individuals to create learning goals and objectives relevant to why they are taking the course. As noted in the Personalize Learning, LLC, Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Report, instructors should collaborate with individuals to identify goals based on how they learn best. Then, design a learning plan and develop key milestones based on the information discussed.
A simple progress bar incorporating key milestones gives individuals a chance to check their progress along the way and reference upcoming deadlines. Following their learning path, the individual monitors the completion of key milestones and reflects on their progress.