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Learning in 3D

It doesn’t mean you put on those funny glasses when you go on a training course! 3D is starting to show its face in the world of training and development. It is the next logical step from virtual training where individuals log into a training session at their PC and can interact with other people on that session who may be sitting on the other side of the world. Now, avatars and second life platforms are being introduced into training to make it as real life as possible without actually being in the same room as the trainer and the other participants.

This is a great example of how the boundaries of training and learning are being pushed all the time. Learning has never been more fun and more accessible to more people. People have always responded to better when they can choose when and where to learn and when they have options about how to get the information they need. That has always been the challenge of well established classroom based training. The difference is push vs. pull.

Push is where the skills, knowledge, behaviours are presented at a predetermined time and place and often in a format which tries to capture the attention of everyone at some point during the event.

Pull is where the individual seeks out the information they need and want when and where is best for them. Which means, there is a greater chance that they will be open and receptive to taking that new information on board and doing something with it.

Now, we are not saying that we should abandon the approaches to training that have worked in the past in favour of the new, sexy technology led learning options. We believe that the key is to help people understand how they learn and help them find a way of accessing the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they need in a way that works for them.

If you are a manager, you are responsible not only for your own learning but also for the development of your team. So, the key for you is to be flexible and embrace the new options that technology is presenting. Social media is a great way for sharing information and opinions and may be an important way for some of your team to develop. Equally, other people in your team may need the structure, focus and face to face interaction of a training programme.

Either way, allow people to “pull” what they need at the right time. You will be amazed at the difference that has to their motivation and performance.

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