Steps to promote a continuous learning mindset
- Provide accessible, up-to-date content in different formats and an engaging learning experience: in this technological era, we are all familiar with most online training options: video tutorials, e-learning courses, podcasts, e-books, content libraries, etc. These resources allow us to learn in a self-paced way, and the short, single-subject nature of microlearning makes continuous learning compatible with our busy schedules. However, knowledge and skills are easier to acquire when we can interact with other learners, apply what we've learned to the real world, and reflect on our learning process. Learning companies often struggle to provide these types of engaging experiences.
That is why the flywheel pillars of Dream See Do (DSD) are Connect, Practice, and Reflect. DSD's LXP (Learning Experience Platform) allows learners to interact live and asynchronously with their facilitators and peers, invite supporters, and give each other targeted feedback. It also enables and encourages practice, which is fundamental to master any skill, and offers people regular opportunities to pause and reflect on their performance, process the learning experience, and improve progressively.
- Gather insights and reward curiosity: as leaders, we need to take advantage of all the insights online learning platforms offer us. Tracking elective learning allows us to see which topics are the most popular and identify which employees are engaging more. Publicly rewarding their curiosity and self-directed training can motivate them to continue learning and inspire others to do the same.
- Encourage social learning experiences: the learning platform company Degreed found that 87% of employees say that sharing knowledge with their peers is critical for their learning. Companies traditionally encourage social learning through team collaboration, group discussions, intranet interaction, and feedback. Dream See Do's platform adds another layer of connection, support, and growth to social learning, something that's usually missing from these experiences.
As we mentioned before, learners feel more engaged when they have the chance to discuss ideas and practice with their coaches and peers, support each other, and reflect on their individual and collective experiences. DSD lets both learners and facilitators stay connected throughout the learning experience and participate in self-reflection, peer reflection, and group reflection.