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TOP 5 steps to an Adaptive Learning project

Camille Duchaisseint |

Discover the 5 key steps to successfully launching your Adaptive Learning project.

1.   Define quantified objectives

Defining the objectives is one of the most important steps in the process.  It’s essential to clarify them as soon as you launch your project internally, but also with the Customer Success Manager in charge of supporting you in deploying the Adaptive Learning system within your organisation.

These quantified and measurable objectives will serve as a benchmark and enable you to measure the increase in skills and progress of your learners, but also initiate the necessary actions on your side to make this project a success! At Domoscio, we recommend that our clients define and manage monitoring, commitment and success indicators. Are you wondering what kind of indicators can be monitored to stay on track? Camille, our Lead Customer Success Manager, tells you all about it!

“Quickly, after the project kick-off and thanks to a tailor-made matrix, we advise our clients to define their expectations in terms of skills gained thanks to the system, time spent, percentage of completion of the various actions. We are able to give them realistic trends and objectives based on the results obtained by all our clients, and we guide them in adapting these metrics to their context.”

Perhaps you have already heard of the famous SMART method? If your management asks you to be accountable for the usefulness of the system, we advise you to use the SMART method to help you define objectives and indicators that are ? Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic and Time-bound.

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2.   Build your learning strategy

Firstly, be reassured and trust yourself (or at least your business or HR teams): you have a multitude of resources available internally to offer an Adaptive Learning experience to your learners. You aren’t alone and we are now partners with the skills delivery platform Myskillcamp, which can provide you with the content you need.

However, there’s an important concept to understand so you can get started, namely the “skills-based approach“. Our proposal is to use the skills and professions within your organisation as a reference to assess skill levels of your employees and offer them an individualised training experience. Through various workshops, our Learning team helps you structure your thinking and set up your teaching strategy, enabling you to launch a pilot in record time!

Camille’s info: “On average, our clients deploy their Adaptive Learning projects in two months!”

3.   Identify the scope of your work 

To achieve your objectives, we advise you to identify the scope: the learners and the content.

Let’s start with the content: this is closely linked to the previous step and requires you to identify the most relevant training theme for deploying your project (e.g. management, as your company wishes to support its first-time managers in their job development).

Next, let’s look at the learners that will be previewing Adaptive Learning. Which users should be targeted? What are their jobs and what skill level do you expect to reach? These are all questions that need to be asked in order to easily engage them in this new system.

In the context of an experiment, do not hesitate to call on a group of learners who are willing and eager to test new tools. These learners are generally committed. You will then benefit from constructive feedback and from experienced and satisfied field representatives, who will help you to deploy Adaptive Learning on a large scale within your organisation.

Once the scope has been identified, don’t forget to think about internal communication and change management, which will enable you to achieve a high level of commitment. Running out of ideas? Our CSMs are full of advice to help you easily deploy this type of system!

4.   Identify project stakeholders

Who should be approached to initiate a new project? This varies according to the size of your company and the scope of the project identified! Whether you are an SME, an ETI or a multinational, you have all the cards in hand to get started. Below are the key profiles to bring on board for your project:

  • A project manager: the project manager will be responsible for defining the project’s objectives in agreement with their hierarchy. They’ll then have to implement the actions necessary to achieve them.
  • Business experts or learning experts: these will help you to build the learning strategy. They will be able to identify the content to be used to improve the skills of your employees.
  • The bonus role, a consultant: In the case of a large-scale roll-out, we recommend that you call on change management specialists, such as external consultants, on assignment for a few months within your organisation!

5.   Test, test and test again!

You have just finalised your Adaptive Learning experience and are about to distribute it to your employees; our Customer Success Manager asks you one last question: have you taken the time to “play” your experience as a learner would?

Indeed, the test phase before going into production is crucial to ensure that the user experience is successful. It also allows you to avoid problems with your first users. At Domoscio, our experts advise you to take a few days to correct any incorrect settings or errors that have gone unnoticed up to now. We know that at this time, and after several weeks of work fine-tuning your new project, you are excited and impatient to share it with your learners, but patience… Learners are critical and a good adoption of the tool must take place as soon as the device is discovered, so our advice will be “test, test and re-test”.