What are Learning paths?
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The last few years have witnessed huge demand for learning and development programs across all organizations and industries. This is because of the digital adoption to run the operations in different companies and timelines. Companies are finding out employees who are unable to tolerate the digital transformation and either they are firing or asking such employees to leave. On the other hand, there are many online platforms and universities coming up with new-age courses for employees to enroll in and equip themselves with the latest trending skills.
A learning path is a series of relevant career-oriented programs that allows an employee to progress in his career by becoming more efficient in a specific skill, topic, or ability. A learning path is also called a learning program or learning pathway that has a structured way of providing users to go through the content by following a series of links to the program or course. For example, if you might have enrolled in any online program, you will get an overview of what are the topics and courses that will be covered in the curriculum in your time and money investment that is fixed or flexible.
So, if you have joined a digital marketing program, you will get a path of sections that will cover information and skills from basic to advanced levels as these learning paths are created thinking in mind about the users' learning abilities. You won't be exposed to a huge topic in the first few sections so your interest in learning the program doesn't get hampered. Learning paths are usually organized and provide the flexibility to users to complete the program or course at their own pace and time.
There are different types of learning paths and we will cover here a few of them such as sequential learning paths, non-sequential learning paths, and pick and select your learning paths. Sequential learning paths are created in a particular order format. It is a guided learning method in which the learner first gets the basics of the programs before he advances himself to the further levels of the course in the learning pathway.
A non-sequential learning path has a group of programs that are related to each other and the choice is left to the user if he wants to take it or not. For example, if you are doing a course on the basics of digital marketing, you will be also provided with paths on social media marketing basics, SEO marketing, etc. Now it is up to you if you want to also add your skillset in those areas.
Pick and select learning paths are in which an employee is encouraged to complete a minimum number of programs and get more freedom to select further courses. For example, if an employee is doing a program on marketing then he will be given basics of marketing, and marketing concepts as the minimum learning path to finish off and then a choice to select between internet marketing, sales marketing, etc. so that he can customize the learning program that is related to his career.