Check out the well done Serious eLearning manifesto when you have a moment. We have all seen a lot of fantastic manifestos on a variety of topics (learning, marketing, customer communications, etc). I think most everyone agrees that implementing them consistently is the challenge. If we can take anything away from this manifesto I believe the following Supporting Principles are a great place to start . . .
Do Not Assume that Learning is the Solution Do Not Assume that eLearning is the Answer Enlist Authentic Contexts Provide Support for Post-Training Follow-Through Enable Learners to Learn from Mistakes . . . and tie that in with this one . . . Provide Realistic Consequences
They really stood out to me since it has been my experience over the last 20 years that these principles are often missing from the the initial learning solution discussion.
Myers-Briggs personality typing tells us that we all fall into 16 personality types that can be categorized into 4 temperaments. There are different ways to communicate with each.
In the Learning Democracy, content is developed in a way that ensures each audience member, regardless of their personality type or temperament receives the information he or she needs in the style that is most comfortable for them, so they can process it easily, maximizing retention and engagement.
For example, Intuitive personality types will not retain the details if they don’t see the big picture first and have the “hook” to hang the details on. The Sensors need the specifics and facts. For those with the Thinking personality type, logical analysis of the facts is critical, and for Feelers values and interpersonal harmony impacts the learning experience. Different personality types, different styles of accessing, processing, and sharing information.
Reaching the 4 Temperaments:
Below are some rules of thumb for learning personalization for various personality types (based in part on what Paul Tieger, CEO of SpeedReading People calls the “Z” Pattern of presenting):