Finding a Learning Style that Works

One of the key lessons that I learned as a teacher was that everyone is different when it comes to finding a learning style that works best for them. Over the years that I've spent working with the Development Zone team, this lesson has continued to help me, as every member of the team responds to different types of content in different ways. Some will be happy to learn about developments working from detailed notes, others prefer to get stuck in and try things out themselves with minimal guidance, learning what works best by trial and error.

Your team is probably just the same, with a rich mixture of personalities and learning styles that often combine to make a formidable whole in your normal business to find the best solutions for your clients.

Although the Development Zone has its roots firmly in the traditional Gap Analysis model, we also recognise that flexibility is essential to get the best from learners. That's why over the coming weeks and months you'll see new types and styles of content being added by our talented design team, as well as new content formats that your own learning and development champions can use to help enhance your in house training content. The best thing about all of this development is that it's all included within our standard licence - there are no hidden costs or optional extras.

Following our recent update, you might have seen the first of our new content styles as part of our DevZone Academy (if you haven't seen it yet, have a look on the support menu of the DevZone). This new content takes you out of the traditional slideshow model and helps tell key stories behind the different features available on the platform - that's why internally, we've been referring to this as our "story time" project. We liked it so much that we've even added a version of our in house editing tools to the custom content catalogue to allow you to experiment and design your own content.

Some learners might find the new content type a refreshing alternative to slide based content, others might prefer slides, or maybe even interactive activities to explore scenarios and case studies - that's why we've kept our great range of alternative content types, and are investing in the future to extend the range further to allow you to combine online activity via the DevZone with learning that takes place elsewhere - such as by using our offline task content type to provide evidence of activities.

Despite the uncertainty in the world around us, we think that the future is bright, and that now is a great time to explore new ways of engaging with your learners and developing even richer training and development experiences to unlock their full potential.

If you'd like to find out more about the tools on offer as part of your DevZone licence, why not explore the topics in the DevZone Academy, or visit our updated DevZone Help Centre and check out the enhanced range of downloadable guides?

About the author

After gaining a degree in Computer Science, Tim spent nine years teaching in a number of secondary schools (11-19 year olds) in Wales.  For the majority of his time teaching, Tim led a highly successful team of teachers delivering vocational ICT qualifications and reached the level of Associate Assistant Headteacher before leaving teaching.  He has also been a senior examiner and moderator for one of the UK's largest awarding bodies.  Since 2013 he has been the senior developer for the Development Zone.

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