Accelerate May 2015 - Page 56

Learning & Development As we added three more members to L&P’s Leadership Team, some felt encouraged enough about learning styles, that this concept/methodology became essential to improving learning acceptance, retention, completion and impact of our eLearning design and delivery. Learning styles also became key to improve our Instructor Led Training for the same rationale. Our initial testing of eLearning, ILT and blended learning proved to us the effective and creative incorporation of learning preferences would be a key foundational strategy for AmeriCredit’s new L&P learning platform. The L&P Department explored both the work of Gary Salton and of David Kolb. Salton’s m odel, his Input-Output Processing Template (I-OPT), is based on how people process information, including how they learn. Kolb’s model states a complete learning cycle requires four consecutive processes that must be present for learning to occur. Kolb includes his “four-stage cycle of learning” as a key principle in his experiential learning theory. The four sequential processes are: • Immediate or concrete experiences; • Observations and reflections; • Abstract conceptualisation; and • Active experimentation. According to Kolb, this process is a learning cycle in which the learner spends time in each of the experiencing, reflecting, thinking and acting phases. Kolb’s Model CONCEPTUALISE 56 May 2015 OBSERVE EXPERIMENT EXPERIENCE