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Establishing Digital Career Pathways through Micro Learning

Overview:

A digital career pathway, incorporating micro learning videos, provides users and their coaches a tool that is both user friendly and simple to use. By combining easily accessed tools with easily consumed learning, users are encouraged to progress through their lessons during their spare time or whenever they want to revisit a concept, get motivated, or share their ideas with others. Combining online access with short videos keeps users moving forward at a pace they can control.

Example of current use:

GGThe GoGuide product from Dynamic Works, evolved from a college workshop conducted by Tommy Darwin, Ph.D. to a comprehensive online tool for all career seekers. Envisioned as a tool that could go beyond the classroom, GoGuide still provides high school and college students with solid career pathways, but its real worth has expanded to job-readiness candidates, individuals looking to begin a new career, entrepreneurs looking for product ideas, and experienced workers looking to move out of a job and into a career.

Using short, inspirational and educational micro learning videos, learners discover, then create their own career pathways. Electronic tools include dashboards, checklists, directed activities, like researching people, companies, and products, and an inspiration “wall,” where the user can post images or quotes, are all part of a package aimed at helping users achieve their goals—not someone else’s. Each micro learning activity builds on previous lessons, moving the user forward in short, measured steps. Lessons can be revisited at any time, and provide motivation as well as solid direction. Progress can be tracked by users and their coaches as needed.

All the tools are accessible from mobile and desktop devices, encouraging users to check their progress and keep moving forward toward their chosen career pathway—and making it easy for their coaches to provide valuable feedback and encouragement.

Ideas on “How to” or where to find more information:

Information on micro learning is available at the eLearning Guild, Association for Talent Development, and on many learning and development blogs by doing a search on “micro learning.” Dynamic Works Institute can provide information on GoGuide, their digital career pathway tool.

Prediction on topic and the future:

The support available to users in an online environment, combined with expectations of easily downloaded apps, will only increase the need, and desire for more digital career pathway tools. The value and demand for micro learning, especially videos, is the perfect match for supporting these new tools.

Contact Dynamic Works Institute to learn more.

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

WorkersThe United States has 30 million jobs that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to the Georgetown center. People with career and technical educations are actually slightly more likely to be employed than their counterparts with academic credentials, the U.S. Department of Education reports, and significantly more likely to be working in their fields of study.

Check out the full article.


 | PBS News Hour