Learning Needs Tool
Training & Learning

Learning Needs Tool: Ship Training Your Team Actually Wants With Collaborative Learning 

Right now, a lot of L&D teams are having a hard time setting learning priorities for 2021 and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new needs and challenges every day, and it's up to L&D leaders to respond to these challenges with the right training experiences.

The shift to remote working has only added to the headache. With everyone huddled around their screens, it’s a lot harder to gauge interest and engagement in the next training.

We want to change that. We’ve shown you a better way to launch training projects and engage subject-matter experts with our Projects and Experts Engagement tools. Now, we’re here to introduce the third and final element of our Enterprise Plan: building the right training roadmap with our Learning Needs Tool

Read on to find out more!

Crowdsourcing learning needs shouldn’t be a chore

Traditional training needs analysis is no match for the times we’re living through. Most commonly, this analysis is conducted annually - or biannually at best. By the time it’s complete, your teams could have a whole new set of unmet learning needs. Even worse, this analysis is often outsourced to consultants, meaning you don’t retain any institutional knowledge.

Fortunately, there’s a better way to find out what your teams need - and want - to learn: just ask them. This is a key part of building a Collaborative Learning environment: it encourages people to reflect on their aspirations, and it helps them see L&D as more than a box-ticking exercise.

However, the reality is that not every L&D team has the time or capacity to create, distribute, and analyze regular pulse surveys. That’s because they’re spending far too long creating eLearning resources, or being distracted by time-consuming tasks like validating course completions.

We think there should be an easy way to build your training roadmap with continuous inputs from your learners. That’s why we’ve built a tool to make it quick and painless to find out where your teams need the most help, and how you can address these learning needs.

Introducing: our Learning Needs Tool

3 steps to build your training roadmap with our Learning Needs Tool

Our Learning Needs Tool uses three steps to take the hassle out of asking your learners for their training needs, priorities, and aspirations.

1. Give learners an easy way to declare learning needs

With 360Learning, learners are regularly prompted to request new learning needs. This way, everybody knows exactly where to go when they have a new skill or area of expertise they’d like to improve upon.

Remote onboarding? Coding basics? Axe-throwing? No matter what your learners need help with, they can let others know by declaring these needs with the necessary context. This gives L&D teams clear visibility over these needs, and lets them respond with the right expertise

Once you’ve done that, it’s time for a little collaboration.

2. Encourage collaboration between teams

It’s always hard to gauge the level of interest in different learning needs if they’re just declared in individual silos. That’s why the 360Learning platform makes collaboration between learners a core part of declaring learning needs.

As soon as a learner expresses a need, the platform prompts them to share it with other teams. This way, everybody can upvote each other’s needs, help to add momentum, and add details or clarifications to make the process even more accurate. 

More often than not, the skills and expertise your learners need can be sourced by turning to subject-matter experts within your teams. All you need is a forum where you can identify these needs, make the right connections, and iterate to improve content over time.

Finally, it’s up to L&D leaders to monitor these learning needs and build a training roadmap.

3. Monitor learning needs and build your training roadmap

With the Learning Needs Tool, the learning needs expressed by your learners are prioritized visually according to the number of upvotes they get. This gives you a clear sense of the skills and expertise people want to develop, and exactly how many people share that need.

Having a clearly-defined list of the learning needs declared by your teams is a helpful way to make your learning strategy real. This way, you can build a training roadmap to deliver learning experiences that respond to the exact needs expressed by learners. 

This isn’t just a way to build a more accurate and targeted training roadmap; it’s also a way to empower your learners to take charge of their own development needs, set their own goals, and contribute their own subject-matter expertise to help others.

Related: How to Create an Effective Collaborative Learning Environment

Your learners want to share their priorities - you just need to ask!

Leading companies around the world are looking for alternatives to traditional top-down prescriptive approaches to L&D. Our Learning Needs Tool offers one such alternative, putting learners in control by giving them the ability to quickly and easily declare training needs. 

With 360Learning, you can analyze learning needs in minutes, not months. This helps you put people at the center of your learning strategy, and distribute ownership of your learning across your organization. It’s all part of Collaborative Learning at scale. 

Our Learning Needs Tool is the third and final pillar of our Enterprise Plan. But don’t worry - we’ve got more helpful and innovative learning solutions coming your way soon.

Interested in the rest of our Collaborative Learning features? Check out our Relevance Score, Video Pitch Assessment, Reactions, Authoring Tool, Discussion Forum, Projects Tool, and Expert Engagement Tool

Learning Needs Tool

If you’d like to see how our Collaborative Learning platform can help you, book a free demo with one of our learning experts!