Break free: Go beyond the traditional learning (Part 2)

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by Anita Vinod & Teena Thimothy  on 08 May 2015

Recap:

  • Where did the SLIM concept originate from?
  • What are the pain points that an unconventional learning delivery method like SLIM relieve?
  • Who are the target learners for SLIM?

Today’s learners are highly tech savvy. Add to that, an extremely dynamic & evolving work environment, and you get a learner who is intelligent and keen on learning. However these new age tech savvy learners are torn by distractions due to heavy workloads, technology and having to maintain a social life among others.

In this section of the series, the thought process is to understand how  SLIM can assist with such learners.

The SLIM approach of learning targets the primary issue faced by the travelling workforce; consistent and dependable access to internet connectivity in remote locations.

SLIM breaks up essential skills trainings into bite-sized content, just enough to be prescribed to learners in fixed “dosages” over a scheduled period of time.

Each piece of information conveys not more than 1 or 2 key points which can be understood and grasped easily. The key points are conveyed via podcasts/videos using instant messaging services. Using this mode of delivery, the learner can study through hearing / viewing the shared content at his/her own convenience. In totality, the podcasts/video will cover the entire learning objective, and by making it available for any number of repeat viewing / hearing, it also becomes easy to understand.

The trainer can quite conveniently monitor these various learner groups, administer tests and provide platform for discussion/ feedback on the same instant messaging group.

Here is a brief comparison between Traditional Delivery Method (TDM) and Social Learning via Instant Messaging (SLIM)

  • 1 A.TDM: Expensive, structured, trainer driven
  • 1 B. SLIM: Cost-effective, flexible, learner-driven
  • 2 A.TDM: Mundane content
  • 2 B. SLIM: Exciting content, tailored as per user needs
  • 3 A. TDM: Single –use
  • 3 B. SLIM: Reusable, shareable
  • 4 A. TDM: Lengthy courses
  • 4 B. SLIM: Byte-sized content
  • 5 A. TDM: Paper based, PDF, HTML
  • 5 B. SLIM: Mobile, Tablet
  • 6 A. TDM: Infrastructure investments
  • 6 B. SLIM: Use existing infrastructure
  • 7 A. TDM: Group learns at same pace
  • 7 B. SLIM: Self-paced, individual choice
  • 8 A. TDM: Interrupts work schedules
  • 8 B. SLIM: During work, on own time
  • 9 A. TDM: Learners may be inhibited to share views
  • 9 B. SLIM: Encourages group interaction

Stay tuned to learn more about the technology options used in SLIM

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