What methods do we offer our clients?
At Swiss Connect Academy, we use different methods to take into account the individual characteristics of each person and to facilitate learning. During the instructional design phase, when we design and create our training devices, we take into account learning styles, learning pace and strategies, academic and experiential backgrounds and technological skills.
– We offer a wide variety of different learning situations by playing with synchronous/asynchronous and presence/distance factors, especially through our e-learning platform (LXP).
– We create multiple types of training content, such as online lessons, podcasts, videos, exercises, readings and interviews, to suit each learner.
– We give the learner a lot of freedom in terms of organising the work within a week, so that the pace of work can be defined by the learner.
– We introduce the learning platform to everyone new and offer constant support to users so that everyone feels comfortable with our technology during their learning.
Why did we decide to implement these different methods?
The adults who enrol for our Leadership & Management training come from very different professional backgrounds and have unique personal experiences. We can speak of individual characteristics that are specific to each individual. “Individual characteristics are the traits of an individual that make their behaviours different from those of other individuals” (Sauvé, 2019, p. 75). The individual can therefore be distinguished from other learners on several levels:
Their learning styles: the way they receive and process information at the cognitive, affective, psychological and sociological levels. It is therefore about the adult’s behaviour when faced with a learning situation, in which content is proposed.
His or her learning pace and strategies: “The length and manner of progress in learning” (Sauvé, 2019, p. 79). These learning strategies are mental activities, aimed at learning new knowledge and acquiring new skills.
His/her educational and experiential background: the level of knowledge and skills the learner has, i.e. the knowledge, know-how and skills he/she has acquired through previous experience and learning.
Technological skills: technological knowledge and skills to be able to control and reorganise one’s own learning environment, to be able to communicate effectively with one’s trainer, to be able to be part of a community through specific networking tools and to be able to carry out and evaluate one’s learning activities.
These many individual characteristics can influence the way an adult learns within a particular school and training facility. By taking these aspects into account, the learner is more likely to be successful in learning and will waste less time on activities that are not useful.
Each of the above elements allows us to satisfy our learners, because the learning content and learning methods take into account the fact that everyone has individual characteristics that influence the way they learn.
Sources: Jézégou, A. (2019). Traité de la e-Formation des adultes. De Boeck Superieur