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OTJ enhancement

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

On-the-job (OTJ) learning/training is very common. I would say that nearly all of the positions, that I had involved a considerable amount of OTJ learning/training. Most of it was as needed, unorganized, unsystematic, and likely not assessed.  the training could have been something as “go ask Joe to show you how he does it” or “I think we have how-to-guide on that.”  Sometimes, I was able to quickly grasp what needed to be done, other times, I need more training. The result of the training was mixed.

Although it is often informal and administered as needed, organizations can provide structure for OTJ. In http://clomedia.com/articles/view/on-the-job-learning-renewed at www.clomedia.com advocate enhancing OTJ by:

  • Using video based OTJ
  • Earning badges for small skills
  • Gamification of training
  • Teachable skills (breaking process into small steps)

All great ideas for enhancing OTJ. With the proliferation of smart phones, I really like the idea of “gamifying” training and earning badges or leveling-up.  Make it interesting.