The trend is clear: Now, more than ever, employees need to continuously learn and build new, advanced skills in a job market increasingly driven by automation. But how is your employee training software helping them acquire those skills?
To train and develop employees, most companies use some form of an LMS (Learning Management System). Here's the problem—the traditional LMS is not really about learning. LMS platforms are great at displaying information and making it available, but when it comes to learning, they are entirely dependent on the users. And that's where Cerego is different.
Learning science and memory
In the late nineteenth century, a German scientist named Hermann Ebbinghaus showed that we forget what we learn at a predictable rate—a phenomenon referred to as 'the forgetting curve.' He established this by training himself to remember nonsense words and testing himself repeatedly over a long period, recording the results along the way.
His study, and many subsequent inquiries into learning and memory, confirmed two things: First, distributed learning (that is, spacing out learning into multiple sessions) is more effective for building strong memories; and second, that retrieval practice (i.e., quizzing yourself on what you have learned) also strengthens retention more than passive studying or re-reading.
Fast forward to today: While the effectiveness of distributed learning and retrieval practice are well known, these learning methods are rarely integrated into educational or corporate training software.
Cognitive science and machine learning
Cerego's adaptive learning technology is based on cognitive science, but also leverages machine learning to personalize the learning process and improve both content creation and learning outcomes.
The traditional LMS is not very different from a slide deck. Instructors build content in an online platform that allows for easy distribution or reference of the material—and it stops there. When you create content on Cerego, however, the platform uses advanced technology to suggest follow up questions or quiz items, even as you are building your course material. These follow up items will prompt learners to retrieve what they have learned at the best possible time for them to refresh their knowledge, and their performance on each quiz informs both the timing and the difficulty of their next practice session.
All without the instructor building or scheduling any reviews.
That means instructors save time, and know that learners will retain the information better and longer through distributed learning and retrieval practice. Not only that, but instructors can track learner performance in real time using Cerego's analytics dashboards, which show progress and retention for each individual learner, as well as cohorts of users.
Automation and the workforce
As nearly every industry embraces automation, it has never been more important for employees to re-skill and up-skill to respond to an increasingly complex working environment. This is true even in sectors like manufacturing, where now more than 40% of workers have a college degree, compared with just 22% as recently as 1991.
That means the right training materials are key to building the workforce of the future—one that trains workers to grow with modern-day tech skills so that companies can have a competitive advantage, and stay innovative.
Cerego helps level-up the skills employees need to keep their current jobs, but more importantly prepares them for the future demands of their industries. The Cerego platform accomplishes this by allowing employees train on their own time—after cooking a meal for their family, while they're on the bus, while they’re waiting in line.
The truth is, demands are also higher employees today whether they are at work or at home. Cerego fits into employees' schedules so they can train on the go and be successful, without having to sacrifice their own personal obligations.