Three ways to pump up personalized learning in SharePoint

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Three ways to pump up personalized learning in SharePoint

Times are changing and this certainly applies to how we learn and the effect it has on corporate training. A move away from the one-size-fits-all mentality of years past, personalized learning will continue to be a big trend as new technologies enable learning to be very customized and accessible. SharePoint allows a trainer to offer a catered program to learners and this blog will identify three ways to do this.

Why should we be concerned with personalized learning anyway?

Often times, corporations design a corporate training program and then use it for an indefinite amount of time until cause for another. In today’s learning environment, we know that this is not always the most effective way to train, especially with the influx of Millenials into the workforce.

  • 99% of Millennials expect digital and mobile delivery to accompany any print-based training materials.
  • For many reasons, Millennials are accustomed to personalized life experiences due mostly to trends in parenting and society, as technology made its way onto the scene.

So, with this information, we can conclude that Millennials will have a major impact in the workforce. They expect an incredible work experience, including training.

Here are a few reasons to think about personalizing your training:

  • Become an essential component for your employees and reap the benefits.  Don’t just be an employer, help your employees in their career success. Do this by offering personalize learning opportunities and performance support.
  • Don’t play catch up, more and more businesses are personalizing. This is the one time that it’s OK to follow what everybody else is doing because your employees and future workforce expect it.
  • Connect, connect, connect. With an old, outdated training system, you will without a doubt alienate some of your employees. For success, you must find a way to cut through the noise and make an impact. Personalizing training materials can increase employee productivity and engagement.

Personalized Learning with SharePoint

There are a variety of ways to personalize learning from adjusting the pace of instruction, to leveraging student interests, letting learners choose their own learning path and adjusting content presentation. Regardless, instructors now have the tools to deliver coursework in more efficient ways. And SharePoint can be a useful part of that strategy.

The future of learning includes a wide plethora of activities and learning methods. Training managers must transition toward a maximized assimilation of knowledge, which basically is a variety of blended learning systems. This approach is derived from three cornerstones of transferrable knowledge: be adaptive to learning styles, apply on the job learning and employ microlearning and social learning. 


Putting employees in a learning mode that lines up with their natural learning style sets them up to absorb and retain knowledge. There are four main learning preferences:

Visual learners: These folks learn by seeing. Training techniques include highlighted text, symbols, graphs and charts, visual reminders and color coding.

Adding a chart Web part in SharePoint is a great tool to utilize for training, specifically if you want to show performance. For instance, a trainer can demonstrate what teams or departments have completed compliance training via a chart in their HR portal. Open an existing page>on the ribbon, click insert tab>click Web parts. In the category section, click business data>Web parts, click chart Web part>click add.

Auditory learners: These learners do best when they can hear training – recorded sessions, discussion and reading notes out loud. Sharepoint 2013 offers an enhanced video experience. For audio learners, trainers can now share video across a team site to building a knowledge management/video portal for the enterprise.

- Read/write learners: These people need to read text, write notes, and participate in written exercises and multiple choice quizzes. Because SharePoint reigns supreme as a content management tool, uploading training content in written form is perfect for these learners. SharePoint also offers the ability to create quizzes using SharePoint lists.

Kinesthetic learners: These folks need to touch, feel or learn by doing. In classroom training is best for this, however using a system like ShareKnowledge, you can easily manage all instructor-led training seamlessly.


Learning material needs to reflect information that will be used most during normal job functions. Sometimes, what happens is that trainers will bombard learners with information that they rarely will use in their day-to-day job.

The new generation of workers that will be flooding the market fair better if they are shown where to research critical knowledge needed to handle certain situations.

This is why having a fully functional SharePoint HR portals and team sites come in handy for trainers.


The new generation of learners are taking peer and social learning to a new level. They crave immediate connection with their coworkers. Informal platforms are a great tool to utilize for forward thinking organizations.

Some useful social features in SharePoint include personal My Site pages, microblogging, community sites and discussion forums. Many of these features also have a strong influence from other top social networks – i.e. hash tags, social tagging, and newsfeeds.

Read our free white paper to learn more about social learning in SharePoint.

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