Is Your Learning “Enough Already?” In terms of Authenticity – Instructional Validity – and Engagement!

I’ve been explaining this – “enough already” – when dealing with clients’ requests to make learning more fun, using my layman’s understanding for my laymen clients, for quite a while now – in how to improve Transfer Back To The Job (level 3). Which is what I know they want “bottom line.” I know because I ask them. What if push comes to shove? Hmm.

Whether that – getting to level 3 well enough – makes enough business sense – at level 4 and 5 – is a Business Decision. Not an Instructional Decision

If you use level 5 – because your level 4 wasn’t ROI in the first place – as mine was as I was taught it back in 1979 – then the question is: was getting to the level 5 achieved WORTHY of the investments?

Picking the wrong target for any solution can still result in Instruction/Information that can be very successful at levels 1, 2 and 3 – and yet bomb in number 4 and 5 – and that’s just poor stewardship. For that’s not enough R for the I.

Perhaps “you too” – but I’ve been in fun and engaging training/learning – where I didn’t learn much (ability to recall) – and where I couldn’t really use it (apply it back in my job).

Perhaps “you too” – but I’ve been in training/learning – where I did learn it (ability to recall) – but it was boring (passive learning) – and where I couldn’t really use it (apply it back in my job).

Perhaps “you too” – but I’ve been in training/learning – where the topics and tasks being taught was exactly what I needed – but it was boring (passive learning) – and where I didn’t learn much (ability to recall).

The only way to tell – as far as I can tell – is to try it/test it – to see how much of all three variables IS ENOUGH?

How authentic is it? That means relevant enough – to me the learner and my performance context.

How well is it designed? That means valid enough – to work to improve my ability to recall when needed.

How engaging is it? That means it is interesting enough, if not quite fun enough – to keep my attention and keep desire up to learn and work at mastery.

How about you? What is enough in your context. What is most important, next, and last?

What would you give up on first, second, third?

I would focus on authenticity first – the relevance.

I would focus second on the design.

And third, I would focus on it being engaging enough.

I’ve learned relevant things well enough from non-interactive, static content that was well designed – and not very engaging (let alone “fun”) to not be focused there.

If you can – do all three. If you can’t – be careful what you focus on.

As a good steward of shareholder equity – in an Enterprise Learning Context.

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