Bridging the Learning Gap

Bridging the eLearning Gap

What is a Learning Gap?

In the true learning process, which always involves change, there is a gap between what we know now...and what we need to learn to "do" in order to change our behavior and "become" something better! In order to do that, the learner must bridge the gap from what they know now, overcoming any obstacles to change, to what they will become after they have learned and practiced the new concepts. People don't like change. Usually change means that you must stop doing one thing and start doing another, or do it in a better way. Learners need do it right, and then repeat it and repeat it and repeat it until it is "theirs." After that, the subconscious memory takes over and the result is behavioral change.

But how do we bridge that gap from what they know now, to what we need them to be able to do as a result of learning programs?

"Well...what are you willing to stop doing in order to do something better?"

Learner's Obstacles to Learning

  • Fear of change
  • Lack of relevance
  • Reluctance to ask questions
  • Inability to relate
  • Difficulty
  • Boredom
  • Hanging onto old
  • Lack of motivation

Client's Obstacles to Training

  • Not enough time!
  • Not enough budget!
  • Don't know where
    to begin, or how!
Bridging the Learning Gap

Bridging the Learning Gap

In this illustration, notice some of the interactions and elearning techniques that can help bridge the learning gap.

  • Motivating learners
  • Interactions
  • Audio-Visuals
  • Exercises
  • Scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Feedback
  • Memory tools
  • Practice with spaced-repetition
  • Courses that don't bore them out of their minds!

We are surrounded by a plethera of information, but only when we put that information to work in our lives do we bridge the gap and turn knowledge into behavioral change.

Rachel, daughter of Cindy and Nathan Maypole

Bridging the gap between what you know now and what you need to become and do is as necessary as losing your baby teeth in order to grow permanent ones!

For newly learned information to be put to work...

  • You have to remember it
  • Be able to retrieve it
  • See the relevance to what you are currently doing, or what you are about to be doing!

To build behavioral change into your learning programs, it is critical to integrate activities, interactions, challenges, and spaced repetition or practice, that motivate people to "want" to bridge the learning gap.

Remember...practice makes perfect, right?

*"Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes 'permanent,' so practice right."
The key word is "practice." True learning takes place when new information is processed, practiced correctly, and put to use immediately. (*Franklin Quest, 1989) PeopleLearn™...we have had lots of practice!