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Thoughts about increasing Efficiency in Learning

Many courses take place at the (central) training centres. This is not always practical nor efficient. This is especially visible during this pandemic, now we’re all forced to work from home and limit physical contact with our colleagues.

Many organizations have already split their curricula in individual and collective training. One can also break out the individual training into smaller elements, for example according to Bloom’s taxonomy (see a few posts earlier):

This way, you get building blocks that provide you organizational flexibility in the When, Where and How you provide your training courses. Some of those building blocks are very suitable to learn through a bring-you-own (VR) device while at home or waiting somewhere.

Examples using Bloom's taxonomy

From all of Bloom’s learning phases, only the Apply phase requires psycho-motor skills. All the other phases can also be trained without, when we look at, for example, first responder training.

To illustrate: The Remember and Understand phases can be learned in VR just by visualising the procedure, looking at it from different angles or at different speeds (slow motion or frozen in time). Good candidates for police training could be: How to stop a vehicle; how a car or person checkpoint is setup and executed; how to recognize different type of doors in room clearing, etc. The possibilities are endless.

This video offers a good explanation on visualisation techniques:

You learn higher order skills during the Analyse and Evaluate phases. These are gained by actively taking part in after action reviews of your own, or your colleague’s behaviour. Finally, the Create phase is applicable to instructors who want to come up with variations in scenarios required to achieve certain learning goals.

Do you have great examples of scenarios applicable to your field, that would be suitable to train anywhere, anytime? Which skills would you like to train if you have 20 mins to kill in a waiting room. A boss-approved version of Angry Birds, that would make you better and faster at your job?

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