How learning platforms truly excite people to learn

excite people to learn

Personal perceptions of the role of technology have shifted. People now believe that technology should adapt to them, rather than the other way round.  

In learning technology, this has resulted in more simple and intuitive learning experience platforms that truly excite people to learn. In this blog, we explore this shift and the features that are being used to engage and excite learners.  

From hard-to-use systems to intuitive, holistic platforms 

While many of the original technology systems worked well for specific business roles such as accountants, they failed to support a wider group of users including general learners and administrators. These groups were often left unmotivated and disengaged which would lead ultimately to poor performance. 

This was largely because the older systems were built on architecture that was not learning-oriented. It was clunky and counterintuitive. 

Thankfully, a new generation of learning platforms has emerged, that are at their heart learner-focused, giving people the freedom to create unique and meaningful learning programs. 

Four key features of next-generation learning platforms that excite people to learn 

  1. Focus on learning

Learning is something we do naturally, and we do it all the time. To focus on learning seems like an obvious requirement, but in a world dominated by systems that try to do it all, it’s often forgotten. The next-generation learning platform specialises in all aspects of learning including social learning. They are, as technology analyst and educator, Josh Bersin states “more data-driven, and more experiential and productive for employees”. 

Humans are learning machines. Everything we experience is a learning event that either confirms and re-enforces something we’ve already learnt or provides us with new knowledge, perspectives, skills, experiences, and expectations.  

Learning Platforms go beyond tracking eLearning content, with the capability to manage and report on all types of learning and assessment such as face-to-face, on-the-job or peer assessments, and third-party learning (for example, LinkedIn Learning). 

  1. Learner experience

 The learner experience is a crucial part in motivating people to learn. The interface should seamlessly integrate into people’s lives with the design of the platform should mirroring the learner’s device and media experience expectations. Both the platform and interface design determine how easy it is to use. 

But how do you know if an interface is easy to use?  The platform should be responsive, and intuitive and there should be little or no training required on how to use it. More specifically, an easy-to-use interface should have the following attributes: 

  • Any role-based learning requirements are clearly displayed 
  • The learner is provided training that is relevant and specific to them 
  • They are never more than two clicks away from interacting with content 
  • Progress through courses or programs is displayed graphically and prominently 
  • Actively supports and encourages the learner with goals, trophies, points and social collaborations 
  • Learners can expect the same full-feature experience on all devices without having to download an app 
  1. Seamless integration

Globally organisations are seeing the benefits of creating ecosystems that use different platforms for specific requirements (known in the tech world as best-of-breed platforms). These easily sync with other systems instead of having just one system that compromises functionality and has minimal strengths. 

Learning platforms can leverage the benefits of large systems such as using API connections to integrate with HR systems, apps, and enable Single Sign On (SSO). For example, the HR system can collect, manage, and maintain people and job role records and the learning platform can use that information to automatically create learner records that reference the correct role-based learning for individuals. 

  1. Latest technology

One thing that the last decade has taught us is that technology is constantly in a state of flux. The platforms and programs that we use today will not be the same in a few years, or even a couple of months. 

Many of the existing Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are bolted together with layers on top of the old technology to add features that new learning platforms have natively. 

Because of this constant change, next-generation learning platforms are built using architecture that is readily adaptable and flexible, meaning that new capabilities can be quickly added. 

How we can help – Say hello to Birch Learning Platform 

We’re proud to be at the forefront of this evolution with Birch Learning Platform.  Birch is a unique and innovative end-to-end solution that has been built from the ground up by learning experts. 

Thanks to our long experience in delivering best-in-breed learning solutions, we’ve had the chance to learn from our clients, too. About valuing the administrator’s experience as well as the learner’s. About the role of flexibility and scalability for long-term value. About what works (and what doesn’t) when you truly want to excite people to learn. 

Birch is designed for everyone – learners, administrators, managers, and trainers. It’s easy and intuitive, simple to set up and maintain and best of all, it adapts to your organisation’s unique environment. So learning is truly exciting and comes naturally. 

Find out more about Birch Learning Platform or get in touch with us today – we’d love to discuss your specific needs and arrange a live demonstration of Birch in action. 

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