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How Adaptive Learning Benefits Manufacturing Training

Much of traditional corporate learning is costly, because it takes employees away from their jobs, and it has to be repeated endlessly. On top of that, a lot of information learned during training doesn’t stick with employees and that’s because our brains lose most of the information we learn within 48 hours of learning it. In a sense, this is a helpful function of the brain: it helps sort out information. We learn a lot of new information in a day, but we don’t need all of it.

But this is a problem when it comes to studying or training. We expect our brains to work more like cameras than sorting machines, so we cram large amounts of new information into them in a short period of time. We want a perfect picture of what we learned to come out and stay that way forever, but in reality not much of it sticks. Not only that, but often training will go over subjects we already know a lot about, distracting us from the new information we really should be paying attention to.
nullPrivate tutoring is often the best way to gain new information, as a tutor can customize our learning to what we struggle with, ignoring what we already have mastery over. Of course, when it comes to manufacturing training, it isn’t economically feasible to give every employee their own private training tutor. That’s why we stick with less expensive methods that deliver a lot of information, but often struggle to help employees retain that information.

How Adaptive Learning Works

Adaptive Learning is a corporate learning approach that replicates how a tutor works by quizzing the learner on how much they know, then using an algorithm to cater the training to the learner in the most efficient way, taking care to only teach them what they don’t know, or what they think they know but actually don’t. 

Area9 Lyceum is an Adaptive Learning program designed for corporate learning environments, especially in industries where employees can’t spend too much time in training and are needed back on the floor as soon as possible, just like in manufacturing.

The Benefits of Adaptive Learning for Manufacturing Training

In training, you generally have two choices: slow training with good knowledge retention, or fast training with poor knowledge retention. Adaptive Learning is an attempt to speed up training while still maintaining good standards of retention. Adaptive Learning helps reduce unconscious incompetence: when workers think they are competent at something they aren’t. This makes it an optimal training choice for manufacturing, when you need people back on the line as quick as possible, but you also know that poor training can lead to costly or dangerous accidents.

Curious to Learn More About the Future of Manufacturing?

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