70 20 10 Learning

70 20 10 Learning

An introduction to the concept of 70 20 10 learning, and materials to support this type of training. 

The 70 20 10 learning and development model is a very interesting topic and has been much discussed over recent years. While it dates from the 1960s and the work of Morgan McCall, it was subsequently updated by Lombardo and Eichinger in their 1996 book The Career Architect Development Planner.

In more recent years it has been Charles Jennings who has provided significant thought leadership and very successful delivery of the 70 20 10 training approach.

Indeed in 2007 Charles delivered a Webinar on behalf of Learning Light – asking “Has your learning strategy got muscles?” Today Charles is considered a thought leader on 70 20 10 learning  along with the increasingly influential Cindy Pascale of Vado Inc.

On their excellent guide to online learning and training terminology, Day One Technologies explain that 70 20 10 is simply that: “70% of learning is experiential (sometimes known as ‘on-the-job training’), 20% is through others (peer to peer or social learning) and 10% is from formal coursework and training“.

Cindy Pascale has also published the excellent white paper 70 20 10 Guide Providing Structure to the 70, which is an excellent read.

Pursuing our interest in 70 20 10 training and responding to requests for learning approaches to support it, the Learning Light team found some excellent elearning led materials that support 70 20 10 learning from leading US based vendor and exponents of this model – Vado Inc.

This Learning Content is unique in addressing 70 20 10 because:

1. Short bite sized learning content
Some call it granular, others call it chunked. They mean the same thing—learners want short learning courses. Study after study shows that taking in information in small bite sized chunks leads to increased learner retention. The market has been recognizing this trend of shorter and shorter learning courses, and providers have shortened elearning courses from 4 hours to 1 hour to 30 minutes. Our learning content takes this trend to the next step to meet the demands of learners.

2. Development happens on the job
Research shows that 70 – 80% of learning happens on the job. Our learning courses leverage the natural way people learn. The combination of short instructional videos followed by downloadable step by step on-the-job Implementation Guides helps the learner put into practice the instruction they just completed. Since development happens on the job and Vado’s courses come with a step by step Implementation Guide, organizational leaders have confidence that the transition from training to implementation on-the-job will happen.

3. Self paced, learner focused
Because our content is delivered in bite sized modules, learners have “just the right amount of information” when they want it. Additionally, learners have choices.  First, they can choose what to develop and then can choose from 5 courses for each development area.

4. Optimized for the mobile learner
Mobile means two things:  technology and the learner experience. Our learning content is optimized for both meanings. From a technology standpoint, our content is viewable from all hand held devices. From a learner experience perspective, small bite sized videos fit the mobile learners’ requirement of not having to watch long videos on their hand held device.

If you are looking for an enterprise licence for elearning courses, or if you’re looking to showcase your own training content, feel free to get in touch with us here at Learning Light to discuss your needs.

David Patterson

Lead eLearning Consultant

About David

Our lead elearning consultant David Patterson is an expert in training technologies such as learning management systems, and in elearning best practices.

He has helped many public and private sector organisations across the UK, Europe and worldwide to create and deliver engaging, effective elearning.

David is joint author of several research papers including the highly acclaimed Learning Light reports on the UK elearning market.