Are Learners Getting What They Want in Training?

By November 2, 2018 No Comments
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How we learn is constantly evolving. In fact, in a recent study it was uncovered that when students were shown physics problems, parts of the brain, traditionally not associated with learning science, light up. This discovery could help improve how future physics students are taught.[i] As we continue to uncover the neurobiological basis for learning, it’s important that we continue to ask important questions. Specifically, are learners getting what they want in training?

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”[ii] For learners to truly learn, they must absorb, apply, and assimilate the information. As we know, each learner has a different capacity for learning and how they learn best. This is why the method of training delivery is a vital component to learning.

Training delivery method choice must incorporate more than just how learners want to learn. To explore this idea, research asked to what extent organizations are addressing learners’ needs and acting upon their desires.[iii]

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85% of learners have experienced training through at least one of their preferred modalities. Given the learners’ preference for ILT and its frequent use, it’s unsurprising that the learners who preferred ILT also tended to experience it. At the bottom of the list, only one-third of the learners who preferred virtual reality training had participated in this type of training in the past year. These results are likely due to the significant cost and newness of VR, which make it less likely to be offered regardless of preference.[iv]

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These findings were consistent across training topic areas; however, learners were most likely to experience at least one preferred method when participating in leadership development and least likely when participating in compliance training. This finding is probably because leadership development used multiple methods more often than compliance training. Unsurprisingly, learners were more likely to experience training through a preferred delivery method when multiple methods were used.[v]

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[i] Eric, et al. “Toward a Neurobiological Basis for Understanding Learning in University Modeling Instruction Physics Courses.” Frontiers, Frontiers, 26 Apr. 2018,

[ii] Nesvig, Ben. “ELearning Blog.” Transformative Learning Theory In Action, 4 Mar. 2014,
[iii] Training Industry. What Learners Want. What Learners Want, Training Industry, 2018
[iv] Training Industry. What Learners Want. What Learners Want, Training Industry, 2018
[v] Training Industry. What Learners Want. What Learners Want, Training Industry, 2018