How To Facilitate Learning In The Workplace

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What is your preferred way of learning? Through traditional classroom trainings and interaction with an experienced instructor? Or at your own pace, through online tutorials you can view as often as …

What is your preferred way of learning? Through traditional classroom trainings and interaction with an experienced instructor? Or at your own pace, through online tutorials you can view as often as you like?

People are different and so are their learning styles. And though there are several training options available, many are still struggling with learning in the workplace. Time is a major challenge for today’s professionals.Confronted with busy schedules, training usually ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. So the first thing individuals and managers alike ask, is: what types of training are the least disruptive to our day-today routines?

What the users want

Jane Hart, an independent advisor on Workplace Learning & Collaboration, and Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, has done some research on the topic and summarizes her findings in a blog post.

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  • 1. PTC.comPage 1 of 3 | PTC University eLearning Training Topic Sheet What is your preferred way of learning? Through traditional class- room trainings and interaction with an experienced instructor? Or at your own pace, through online tutorials you can view as often as you like? People are different and so are their learning styles. And though there are several training options avail- able, many are still struggling with learning in the workplace. Time is a major challenge for today’s pro- fessionals. Confronted with busy schedules, training usually ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. So the first thing individuals and managers alike ask, is: what types of training are the least disruptive to our day-to- day routines? What the users want Jane Hart, an independent advisor on Workplace Learning & Collaboration, and Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, has done some research on the topic and summarizes her find- ings in a blog post. How to facilitate learning in the workplace Learn about PTC University eLearning options for training modern product development professionals According to Hart, there are “5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work” and the following is an excerpt from her article: In the flow of work Workers don’t want to leave the workflow unless it is absolutely necessary for them to do. This means either physically to go to a classroom or virtually to work on an online course for an extended period of time (i.e more than about 10-15 mins) and/or which is more than a couple of mouse clicks away. (Taking a course at your desk, doesn’t mean it’s in the work- flow!) Workers prefer to learn as an integral (not an extra) part of their daily job and not separately from it, either. Immediately Workers want to be able to find answers to their learning and performance problems as soon as they encounter them – not have to wait to go on a course or get some other response. They want to solve their problems immediately and get on with their jobs – wherever they are. Autonomously Workers like to have a high level of choice and control over what they do and learn; they are self-directed, self- organised and self-managed. The less control they have, the more disengaged they are with their organisation1 . Confronted with busy schedules, training often ends up at the bottom of the to-do list, but there are technologies available to better integrate training into the workflows of the PTC software users.
  • 2. PTC.comPage 2 of 3 | PTC University eLearning Training Topic Sheet eLearning – Making training easily accessible According to recent research, the eLearning market is predicted to grow to 168 billion dollars by 20182 . See- ing the results from Jane Hart’s study, this doesn’t seem surprising. One of the most compelling value propositions of eLearning is the 24hr availability on demand – people can learn when they have time and repeat courses as often as they like. At PTC University, we have been hearing similar feed- back from our customers over the past years, which helped us develop our own eLearning strategy and offering. Although we are still are big believers in classroom training and mentoring, we understand the power of efficient learning and what it can do for increased productivity. However, we think just provid- ing the content via Inter/Intranet is not enough – effec- tive eLearning stands and falls with the way it is man- aged. After all, workers with busy schedules might even find it hard to carve out 30 minutes for tutorials. Thus, the PTC University eLearning strategy follows a more holistic approach, taking the diverse require- ments of the PTC user base into consideration. PTC University eLearning – In the flow of work PTC University offers context-sensitive eLearning through PTC Learning Connector – a tool that is integrated in the recent releases of PTC Creo® , PTC Windchill® , and PTC Mathcad® . Through this tool, users are pointed to related training topics for the task they are currently working on. If you are working with Flexible Modeling in PTC Creo, for example, and you have a question, then you can use the PTC Learning Connector window to pull up the related tutorial from your eLearning Library. This means you don’t need to interrupt your work and can learn on the fly. No need to pull up a new application or webpage, or search for the right content. >> To learn more about PTC Learning Connector, take a look at the Resource Center PTC University eLearning – Immediately Users with an eLearning license can access training content any time they like. The content is available 24/7 through PTC University Precision LMS, a web-based Learning Management System, or as described above, through the context-sensitive PTC Learning Connector application. No wasted time searching for content or watching the wrong tutorials. >> To learn more about PTC University eLearning, take a look at our website PTC University eLearning – Autonomously In PTC University Precision LMS, you can manage how you learn – set your own learning path or the learn- ing path for your team members and track usage, progress and assess results. You can define your own goals and manage your learning success. Assess Learn Manage Support At PTC University, we believe that effective eLearning requires more than publishing tutorials online. Our strategy follows a holistic approach, fully allowing the users to manage their learning experience.
  • 3. PTC.comPage 3 of 3 | PTC University eLearning Training Topic Sheet On top of this, PTC University offers Customizable eLearning Libraries. Many customers have gained tremendous knowledge of PTC products over the years of usage and oftentimes, they have identified best practices. It is essential that experts can share this information with their peers. With PTC University Customizable eLearning Libraries, we’ve enabled knowledge sharing across companies, industries, and continents. >> Learn more about Customizable eLearning Libraries Conclusion Learning in the workspace is often a struggle for users. All ambition and eagerness to improve skills and become more productive are often pushed aside by pressing deadlines and last-minute projects. Squeezing a training class into this routine seems impossible, but even watching a few tutorials can be a challenge at times. PTC University has worked hard to understand the training needs of the PTC software users, developing technology such as the award-winning PTC Learning Connector to further facilitate learning in the workplace. Contact us Contact our Training Advisors with any questions regarding PTC University eLearning. Resources: 1 Jane Hart, The Workplace Learning Revolution 2 Global Research Analysts, Inc, eLearning Market Research Report © 2013, PTC Inc. (PTC). All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice, and should not be taken as a guarantee, commitment, condition or offer by PTC. PTC, the PTC logo, PTC Creo, Pro/ENGINEER, and all other PTC product names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names are property of their respective owners. The timing of any product release, including any fea- tures or functionality, is subject to change at PTC’s discretion. J2222–PTCU Facilitate Learning–TS–EN–0613