IMPORTANCE OF SELF-TRAINING SELF-TRAINING What happens to all the money that companies spend on…
IMPORTANCE OF SELF-TRAINING
What happens to all the money that companies spend on pumping their employees full of new knowledge? On average, U. S. companies put 78.6 percent of their employees through training programs. Companies spend an average of $677 per worker. All in all, training costs U. S. businesses approximately $50 billion annually.
It is questionable whether that money is well spent. For example, Motorola, Inc., found that employees tend to retain only 15 percent of what they learned within 3 weeks after taking a corporate education course. To address the retention problem, brainX.com hired experts in learning theory, curriculum design, and educational psychology and incorporated their ideas into a new software design. The company adopted a premise put forth in studies on education that the most powerful way to learn new information is to create questions based on the material and practice answering those questions.
The company released the brainX Digital Learning System, which is a personal knowledge management system. The software mimics two behaviors: browsing the Web and highlighting printed materials. When a user has collected material, brainX automatically formulates a study plan and begins quizzing. Then, the system shows the correct answer and asks the user whether he or she got it right with ease, with difficulty, by guessing, or not at all.
This type of system has applications beyond training, such as refreshing employees’ memories for periodic compliance of safety testing and harvesting knowledge from seasoned employees and making it available throughout the organization. “Companies need an easy way to capture the knowledge in experts’ heads in a way that makes it easy for others to learn,” Dan Lewolt, founder of brainX.com says. “We are not storing documents that no one else can use but capturing the key pieces of knowledge in those documents, as identified by the experts.”