Fostering innovation and creativity in corporate learning is key to improving decision-making, resolving unexpected issues, and making the most of the new ideas that come up during training. Implementing this is most effective when done in a broad way.
Encouraging innovation and creativity in corporate learning welcomes content with more of an informal flare, which enables it to go beyond technical and theoretical knowledge. Instead of isolating creativity, encourage it in day-to-day functions. That way, the use of creativity becomes natural and instinctive for learners.
The following steps are meant to encourage and enhance the use of innovation and creativity in corporate learning, making the environment more productive and engaging:
1. Establish clear objectives.
Doing anything for the sake of doing it—or because it sounds innovative—isn’t enough to produce results. As with any other initiative, establish the true purpose of fostering creative content and how it’ll better the chances of meeting training objectives.
2. Map out the means to the end.
A clear action plan facilitates the integration of creative content and helps weave participants’ needs and concerns. With this kind of plan, companies can define their team’s functions and collect feedback from its members.
3. Encourage collaboration in training.
A creative learning environment encourages collective engagement where learners become open to dialogue and. Social learning can leverage such environments, opening the doors for creative work without operational, instructional, or even geographic bounds. Even if a proposed solution is not the most viable for the moment, the context is never restricted to “right versus wrong” but to learning from multiple possibilities.
4. Treat learners as the epicenter of innovation.
It is instrumental that learners are the center of it all. Blended learning is a great way to utilize a learner-first approach. Learners can participate in the development of learning paths by workshopping content, brainstorming and collaborating in teams to produce feedback. The learner is the audience and their needs should be met in successful programs.
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