Is Reading a Book a Modern Learning Method?

Crystal Kadakia Posted by Crystal Kadakia, HR Consultant, Owner, Invati Consulting.


Should we discard all learning methods of the past to meet the demands of modern learning opportunities? Probably not.

Should we discard all learning methods of the past to meet the demands of modern learning opportunities? Probably not. We certainly need to modernize learning to keep up with how, when, and where learners need it. However, although it may come as a surprise, digital and flashy isn’t what makes learning modern. But it’s best to trend toward the modern side of learning to keep today’s learners engaged. We often hear contradictions such as, “Modern learners appreciate e-learning, but they also want old-fashioned classroom training.” So what makes a learning method modern? In our ongoing research on this topic, we’ve found that learning methods perceived as modern tend to have more of the following nine elements built in. These elements apply to traditional and digital learning methods. Let’s use a book as an example. If I provide a book to an employee for learning, how modern is this? Not very. The book is accessible; that is, easy to find if the employee leaves it on her desk in plain view. It’s for her because I stuck a label on the envelope with her name on it before mailing the book to her, but it’s not necessarily sent “for her” because […]