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Find your Learning Mojo!

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Find your Learning Mojo – quick tips to get you back in the swing!

It’s hard to get back into learning after a long break, trying to refocus and energise yourself. We know how you feel.  Here are some quick tips to help you get back into learning – the Bite Size way!

1.  Carve it up
Take a big task and divide it up into small bites. It is less overwhelming and far easier to process, comprehend and retain. You will get through it quicker too, as it’s less onerous.  When it comes to learning, we make things easy by delivering our courses through 3-5 minute lessons that allow you to pick and choose what you want to learn, when you need it. Small bites of learning help to motivate and build confidence.

2.  Satisfy different learning styles
People learn in different ways. Some like to read, others like to watch and some like to ‘have a go!’ . Each of our Bite Size lessons use the methodology of “Tell Me, Show Me and Let Me Try” to satisfy these different learning styles – all delivered in 3-5 minutes of learning to make it easier to retain. Video walk-throughs, step by step instructions and exercises to have a go, all help to master the tools you need to use every day. You can choose how you want to learn.

3.  Deliver at the time of need
Having the knowledge at hand, just when you need it, is a great way to learn whilst in the flow of work. Having to take a whole course to find the nugget you need is not only time consuming but can be really frustrating too. Our searchable database of lessons enables you to search for what you need so you can dive into what you need to learn, without having to go wade through the whole course.  It allows you to take lessons in a sequence that works for you – so don’t waste time learning things you already know. Just search for a lesson – it’s easy.

4.  Giving the space to learn
Motivate yourself by planning your learning time; 10 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at lunchtime or 30 minutes after work.  Ask your boss for some learning time too!  Set yourself a realistic goal and a learning plan. Think of it as taking an exercise class – if you plan your time right – you can achieve it.

5.  Take a Test – personalise the experience
Everyone loves getting recognition for their achievements and a certificate is proof that you know your subject well. Our Microsoft Office Competency Tests provide a certification of competency when you pass the test – and it has your name on it!  Now that’s a great motivator.  There are lots of tests and assessments in both our Microsoft Office and Personal Development libraries so you can test your skills.

6.  Challenge learning by playing games
We all love to play games – and you can learn so much when you play the right ones. We have developed Bite Size games for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams where you can “Become a Millionaire”. Virtually of course!  Our Millionaire Games will add a bit of fun into learning Microsoft Office and if you reach a million, you’ll feature on the leader board – it’s a great motivator when you get to the top of the leader board!

7.  Identify your Learning Champions
“Does anyone know how to do a v-look up?” – by identifying your learning champions, who can direct staff to a learning resource to support them, will not only promote the tools available to them but will help to encourage more sign-ups and usage too.  It’s great to have a  ‘go to’ person who can help us find the learning and support we need.

8.  Use feedback to spread the word
People like to hear if something has gone well and it raises curiosity within the team. Let them know that they can provide feedback to help improve the experience. This in turn can help some learners buy in to the learning. Hearing from others, is like a magnet. They will want a piece of the action and satisfy their curiosity.

9.  Get collaborative – use Microsoft Teams
Use networking and collaboration applications and tools, such as Teams to build groups with a common interest or goal.

10. Provide useful and relevant learning
If the learning is easily accessible, can fulfil an immediate need, and can be accessed quickly people will be motivated to use it. Let’s face it, most people use Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint every day and there is always something new to learn and experience. Give your staff relevant learning to support them.

11. Put a human element to e-learning through a live virtual experience or workshop
In some cases, e-learning may not be enough. Some people prefer to have a tutor to hand. Our one-to-one or group sessions will add a human element to learning. Giving staff the learning in a variety of different ways will satisfy different learning styles and give the learner the choice in how they wish to learn.

12. Use a print medium
In today’s digital age, we can sometimes forget the power of the poster!  Promote your courses on noticeboards, through your online networking channels and communal areas where staff regularly meet. A visually appealing poster will encourage more sign ups and usage, especially if you use learner quotes to show how someone else has benefited from the learning.

13. Understand your business goals
Align your learning with your workplace needs and personal goals. By identifying the issues or difficulties your staff are experiencing enables you to provide a learning experience that is relevant and meaningful. Microsoft 365 is a big challenge for organisations currently, and our Bite Size library can support not only your business goals, but also the learner needs too.

14. At the end of the day, it’s an L&D selling game
Internal communications plays a huge part in driving the learning. If staff know the benefits it will bring them, and understand how it can support them in their work, then they are more likely to be motivated to learn. Put your L&D sales hat on. Market your courses and create a buzz. Get buy in from key people. Stage a learning roadshow to sell your learning. The marketing theory of “What’s in it for me – the WIFM factor” is as prevalent today in learning as it is in marketing. Create an experience, not just a course.

Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfil a need, not only for them but for the company they work for too. If you can tap into a learner’s motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’re half way there.

This list is not exhaustive.  There are many ways to keep staff motivated but by using a Learning Toolkit, such as our Bite Size library, staff will have learning at their fingertips giving them the support when they need it.  Created with the learner in mind, our library of 3-5 minute learning modules will help to grow workplace skills each day.

We’d love to help you and your organisation find your learning mojo!

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