eLearn Australia

Just-in-time learning tools: on-demand training when and where you need it

Monday 30 May, 2016

Just-in-time learning tools deliver training when and where it's needed.

The main benefits of using just-in-time tools in your eleaning strategy is that these tools:

  • cultivate a diversity of exposure and
  • enable fast access to vital information
“Many organisations are using technology-driven learning tools to present chunks of information to staff as they need it.”

RAHC's Remote PHC+ mobile appRather than having staff take time off work to sit through training sessions they may or may not remember, many organisations and companies are using technology-driven learning tools to present chunks of information to staff as they need it.

IT particularly lends itself to just-in-time learning tools, as the steps that workers need to learn are often logical and step-based. However just-in-time learning tools are just as useful in all other areas.

“People's motivation to learn increases exponentially when they need to know something.”

The best way to foster this motivation is to provide an effective learning tool for people to use at that exact moment.

Want to see an example?

We recently worked on a mobile app called Remote PHC+ with Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC). The app provides quick concise reference information to health professionals working in remote primary health care.

The success and uptake of this tool has shown us that dedicated staff will embrace ongoing training - if it's provided in a way that's relevant, convenient and 'just in time'.

Other examples of just-in-time learning tools that most people already use regularly:

  • Google search
  • Shared work documents and manuals
  • Reference apps
  • Push technology sending you a reminder about completing a task
  • Image directories
  • etc.