70:20:10 and eLearning

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The principles behind 70:20:10 are simple and align perfectly with eLearning technologies. The concept of informal learning is nothing new, however for years and years it has been bypassed by formal classroom based learning or investing significant sums in eLearning portfolio’s that bring little or no ROI.

Now Learning and Development professionals and organisations as a whole are embracing the value to be gained from capturing, reusing and sharing knowledge and experiences from their most valuable assets…. their people.

Organisations need access to information, support and learning on a continual basis.

More importantly the knowledge and experience within each organisation are, continually capturing it, developing it, and sharing it truly gives organisations the edge when it comes to training and retaining your assets; people.

So, imagine having the ability to do all these things in one, simple to use, easy to deploy tool? This is where Learning Management System (LMS) a fully integrated content authoring, hosting and sharing facility comes in….

Wikipedia points out that the 70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development is a model based on research and observation carried out from the 1960s until present by dr Morgan McCall and his colleagues working at the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL).

It proves that lessons learned by successful and effective managers are roughly: 70% from through jobs 20% from people (mostly the boss) 10% from courses and reading”

Lombardo and Eichinger expressed the rationale behind the 70:20:10 model this way in The Career Architect Development Planner:

“Development generally begins with a realization of current or future need and the motivation to do something about it. This might come from feedback, a mistake, watching other people’s reactions, failing or not being up to a task – in other words, from experience. The odds are that development will be about 70% from on-the-job experiences, working on tasks and problems; about 20% from feedback and working around good and bad examples of the need, and 10% from courses and reading.”

One of the contemporary propagators of the model in question is Prof Charles Jennings, founder of the 70:20:10 Forum, who can be followed on twitter.

Stratus Team eLearning and training specialists

First published on Stratus Blog

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