Learning Paths (LP) help guide and structure training programs, with amazing benefits for both Administrators and Learners. In this article, we’ll go over what is a Learning Path, provide examples, and learn why Admins and Learners both benefit from utilizing them in your online training program.
What Is a Learning Path?
A Learning Path is a way for Admins to structure online training courses and assign training routes for Learners to progress through. Not every necessary skill set can be taught in one course - sometimes, it takes a series of courses to master a skill or gain needed knowledge. An example of a Learning Path may be “Compliance Training.” Under this Path, Admins can create and assign relevant courses, such as OSHA training, Conflict Resolution, Safety Training, and more. Within Learning Paths, Knowledge Anywhere allows Admins to assign Learning Paths and courses into Categories. An example of this could be an “Onboarding” Category, where Admins could place relevant onboarding content, so new Learners would know where to look first when first logging into their training system. To learn more about how we utilize Categories, click here.
Why Should Administrators Use Learning Paths?
So how do Learning Paths benefit Administrators? Learning Paths are an essential part of how companies organize content for their employees. Say you’re a Training Manager; your job is to organize and manage Learner content, with limited time on your hands. Instead of individually choosing and assigning multiple courses to an employee or partner, Learning Paths make it possible for Admins to create a set of courses in an automated workflow. Once a Learning Path is set up, Admins can simply enroll Learners into a path that makes sense for their role, leaving them to be self-sufficient and able to move through the path without extra guidance. You no longer need to check in on employee progress, waiting for them to finish one course before you manually assign another. This cuts down on logistical and onboarding time, since employees can move asynchronously at their own pace without having to wait for managerial approval or oversight.
Another great thing about Learning Paths is that they guide Learners to a goal with a specific pathway to get there. Think of it as using bumpers on a bowling alley lane. While the Learner has to do the work to throw the ball, you’ve provided boundaries and direction to lead them to success. Without Learning Paths, Learners could easily get overwhelmed with a plethora of choices available to them and no obvious starting point to lead off on.
How Do Learning Paths Benefit Learners?
While Administrators are the decision makers in choosing a training process, Learners have their own incentives to want Learning Paths within their training program. With this structure in place, Learners can build skills in a focused, specific subject area without being overwhelmed by unlimited options. Because courses are set in sequential order, when a Path is completed, there is a huge sense of accomplishment and a sense of mastery in that area. Additionally, Learning Paths allow Learners to choose groups of courses based on their own areas of interest for their own development. If continued training is a part of company culture, employees can leverage the training to get ahead in their own career path. Here are just a few ways that quality online training benefits Learners of a system: To read more in-depth about this subject, read the article to 7 Ways Employees Can Benefit From Corporate Training.
- Internal company growth and career progress
- An increase in employability
- Learning a new skillset
- Matching Learners with relevant industry mentors
- Increase in job satisfaction
- A form of empowerment and better workplace culture
- Enhanced safety in the workplace