Frank Rouault, Dba. Kathleen A. Murray
Organizations want to ensure they provide the adequate learning to their employees and are attentive to the content as well as the learning methodologies and mechanisms that are used to deliver their chosen content. This is because they recognize that the ways people work impact their engagement and performance.
As a learning solutions provider, we believe it is key to describe our thinking and principles so that our clients can assess our relevancy to help them meet their expectations and business values. We summarize our approach by taking into account the following six principles: (1) Focus on needs and expected outcomes; (2) Respect and serve the needs of the adult business learner; (3) Provide a learning mechanism that promotes application and transfer to the job; (4) Seek to enhance experience that builds towards expertise and wisdom; (5) Foster group and peer learning; (6) Support with follow up and application options.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the core learning and design principles that drive the development of Practical Learning the smart way to learn™ learning solutions. Although our solutions can take various formats just as seminar, distance virtual class, telepresence sessions,… our learning and design principles always integrate the above points due to the following business imperatives:
- Any learning experience must be strategically tied to the organizations objectives and drive the business to further success.
- Respect and serve the needs of the adult business learner: facilitate the path for the adult business learner.
- Provide a learning mechanism that promotes application and transfer to the job: ensure time, efforts and resources are optimally used.
- Seek to build an experience: create a moment that will last for the adult business learner.
- Foster group and peer learning: facilitate open learning and sharing with others.
- Support with follow up and application options: ground the learning effort in the daily activity.