Peer Learning is one of the most effective forms of company training there is. It helps make company training courses and lessons much more engaging and relatable by learners. L&D Experts agree that it should make up some 30 per cent of all training. It works both in places of existing training methodology but can easily augment existing systems. So what is it and how can you make it work for you?
What is Peer Learning?
Peer Learning occurs when a teacher is a colleague. In eLearning it’s normal for learners to not know who the course author is as the course is frequently created by an external entity or somebody in a different department. It’s beneficial because when there is a great deal of shared knowledge and context between teacher and student, there’s a greater likelihood that knowledge retention will be long-term. It works best with microlearning as lessons can be quickly and easily created using online templates so that those without L&D training can easily create a course.
4 reasons how to use peer learning for company training
Nobody knows your business practices better than your employees. Whether it’s a factory line machine that only works optimally when you hold it a certain way, or a salesperson who knows that a particular client doesn’t like coffee, always turns up 10 minutes early and hates shaking hands, the insight afforded by a feet-on-the ground expert is always going to be more effective than general knowledge imparted by an external training expert.
2. Feeling valued
Research shows that workers are more productive and more loyal when they feel valued. Making them teachers carries an element of prestige and recognition. If you can compensate them for doing the extra work (even if it’s a small gesture) this can improve matters further.
When your workers see that Bob from sales has created a course about your new client they will be far more likely to engage with it than if an external course author created a course regarding general approach to sales.
4. Ease of use
By using interactive microlearning templates, it’s simple to convert basic questions and answers into interactive and gamified powerful templates regardless of tech proficiency and L&D experience. If the teacher really is a complete Luddite, then all it takes is a tech-savvy intern to hold their hand through the building process.
If you’d like to know more about how Peer Learning can enhance or augment your organisation’s training practices, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here or in the box below.