As more companies implement mobile learning into their strategy, we are faced with the same questions we asked when eLearning was new. Will what we do currently still work? Will our processes hold up? What about my ADDIE model? This is a question that seems to be top of mind lately. I have been involved in many conversations at conferences about learning models and have listened to thought leaders discuss this. If there is one message I could take away from these conversations, it’s that things are different in today’s world and training is changing with it.
I like what Christy Tucker says in her article, ADDIE Rapid E-Learning and Generational Differences:
The traditional ADDIE model is a structured process; the steps mostly go in order. (OK, it isn’t completely linear; evaluation often happens at multiple points. But you get the idea.) Rapid development for e-learning is often about iterative prototypes. Michael Allen calls it “successive approximation” in his book. In other words, rapid e-learning is a method of trial and error. If a prototype doesn’t do what you want, just scrap it and do something else; it’s like hitting the reset button on a game.
The pace with which we do business is very quick. Many of the training projects we work on have accelerated timelines with large groups of stakeholders and subject matter experts. Now we have broader approaches to how we train, such as social or mobile. Not to mention how workplace cultures have changed a lot since some of these models were developed.
We need to adapt methodologies to match today’s world. We can leverage what we know from all the mistakes we made when we went from the classroom to eLearning. Let’s focus on what we know about how people learn today and how organizations operate. Balance that with meeting the needs of the business or institution we are working for. It may be time to step back, re-approach and do a soft reset on how we manage learning.
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