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Learning Engagement

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Learning engagement
Learning engagement

There is no progression without learning.

There is no learning without engagement.

There is no engagement unless you deliberately design for it based on your organization’s needs, your learners’ profile, and the tried-and-tested science of learning.

We have put together a guide to get you started.



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Learning has an engagement problem
The goal of workplace learning is performance and not just-in-time memorization for a test. Without engagement, there is neither learning nor learning transfer to facilitate performance. With the very relevance of the learning and development (L&D) function at stake, the entire organization can stagnate for want of engagement.

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Let’s begin with the learning
Memory is the foundation, and it works best with staggered reinforcement. It is not about faithful reproduction but flexible adaptation to solve new problems. Store, retrieve, adapt, apply, and return to storage in new form. The journey from stimulus to performance is fascinating when engagement is at the wheel.

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Understanding learning engagement
Learning is not about hours and pages. It is about being able to solve problems here and now. It calls for involvement and effort. Motivation matters: practice is paramount. And the wheels will turn faster and more efficiently if you throw a few difficulties into the works. You must tell them how they are doing but think about when and how.

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How to design learning for engagement
Three simple steps: preparation, design, and follow-up. Studded with meaningful activities and bound with learning loops. Learning formulated to match each one’s appetite. Breaking down the complex into a holistic whole, occasionally delivering a gentle push to hasten the swimming lesson. Being there to help deliver even after class is over.

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Measuring learning engagement
It boils down to measuring decision making capability, task competence and how effective the learning transfer has been. Forgetting is human; a good learner adapts and applies well. The right metric is not a grade or a number but result where and when it matters most.

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Two supportive studies
That’s the icing on the engagement! Results of pure research illustrated in a simplified way.

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Some engaging stories
Dive deeper into some examples of real learning from real workplaces and discover how they designed for learning engagement.

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Crack the learning engagement code
Now that you know, munch on a crisp infographic as you crack the engagement code for your organization’s learning.

We hope you will find this guide engaging. Your feedback will help our learning.