Digital Learning: Four Learner-centric Pillars


In order to uncover the secret behind successful digital learning, we had to dig deep into the tested ideas in several live projects, analyze data from millions of learners and gain insight from the industry leaders.

The corporate eLearning and development (L&D) have drastically changed in the last 20 years as shown in this illustration by Bersin by Deloitte. Every organization wants its workforce to learn and grow but massive amounts of information, rate of change, and limited time are big hindrances for employees’ learning. An average employee is spending 20% of their working hours looking for information. How do you enable learning in this new workplace? The top-down heavy traditional learning management systems (LMS) are not able to cater to the needs of today’s employees’ online learning. The role of the L&D and HR Department shifts more to that of a coach or a content curator.

A modern learning experience—when done right—is so impactful that it can make a difference in how long an employee stays with a company.

So you’ve decided to transform your training into digital learning. You should also remember there is an audience including millennials waiting eagerly to access your expertise. You’ll have to thoughtfully narrow down your course that’s relevant for your targeted audience.

Irrespective of the common impression that integrating digital learning is as simple as transferring your PowerPoint to cloud, it’s not that easy. However, it’s not rocket science either. The secret to employee-centric eLearning success lies in how you execute it through proper planning and engaging interaction.

Four pillars of employee-centric digital learning

We have compiled a list of four important things to consider in making learner-centric eLearning experience a success.

1. Context

The learner-centric digital learning focuses on providing relatable and relevant content for the learner in a timely manner. The learning content should be “just what the doctor employee ordered”.

2. Construct

Learner-centric digital learning ensures that learners are able to construct knowledge progressively. Progressive knowledge construction requires that the learners are presented with ideas and thoughts to which learners can further construct more ideas and thoughts from their prior experiences and relate them to the job at hand.

3. Collaboration

Collaborative learning facilitates cross-team working and allows for the transference of skills and knowledge. Those that actively share their learning with the others are able to not only reinforce their learning better for themselves but also help those that are lagging behind. A collaborative learning environment is given for learner-centric digital learning.

4. High-quality content

To make any online training work successfully, engagement is crucial. Two key components are necessary for engagement – great visuals and high-quality content. While most of the organizations pay much attention to the video tutorials in their eLearning program, the content takes a back seat thus their efforts adding little to no value to the leaners.

What is high-quality content that you need to induce into your digital learning?

  • Content that resonates with your targeted audience. Creating great training content is crucial that engages learners in reading and learning from start to finish
  • Content should impart relevant information useless for learners to elevate their training experience. Generic information should be replaced with content that’s meaningful and relevant to the course subject
  • Content should comprise of great examples and in-depth insights that employees can re-apply in their real-life work scenarios

The importance of learner-centered digital learning environment has never been felt more. Learner-centric approach to eLearning puts the employees in control of their own online training experience. Learner-centric digital learning emphasizes the context, enables construction of new thoughts on top and powers collaborative learning.

These four pillars are probably nothing new to experienced LMS service providers. However, it’s crucial for the organizations to have a clear understanding of what successful courses have in common to build courses for their employees that drive results.

Sparkwork is a top leader in providing new age digital learning platform that’s equipped with bleeding edge features, thereby making the online training all the more engaging and fun-filled. You can ask for a free demo here if you are a newbie in integrating LMS into your employee training program.

Best of luck in your eLearning endeavors in 2019!