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Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results

This book focuses on the shift from training to learning to collaborative learning in the modern socially networked age. It also covers how to accelerate talent engagement, development and organisational change for Breakthrough Results. It outlines key principles, processes and tools to accelerate learning in organisations, using the latest research in Neuroscience and practical case studies which bring learning to life. The book covers paradigm shifts in learning; whole brain, whole person approaches to learning; creating learning cultures; and designing Accelerated Learning programmes which are relevant to individuals, business leaders and learning specialists. Accelerated learning for breakthrough results covers the following topics, and ends with two case studies that will show how all of the various aspects of accelerated learning can be pulled together to create real, high impact learning for breakthrough results. Paradigm shift for accelerated learning; Whole brain, whole person approach to learning; Creating a learning culture; Designing accelerated learning programmes; Making it real - case studies of accelerated learning. The authors invite readers to engage with the topic, and accelerate their learning through various ramification mechanics and brain-break activities in the book and online. There is a rabbit warren of resources, tools and rewards available through opting in to an online process and ways of interacting with other readers and learners through social media.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword; About the authors; About the contributors; Collaborators; Gamification on-boarding; Icons used; Paradigm shift for accelerated learning; The need for accelerated learning; Introduction; Global talent and change challenge; South African talent and change challenge; Making the shift; Maintaining the foundations; An accelerated learning framework; Conclusion; The paradigm shift in learning; Introduction; Digital, mobile and social media trends; Understanding today's learner; Paradigm shift; Conclusion; Insight into accelerated learning in South African organisations; Introduction; Challenges or opportunities; Learning methodology trends; Examples of accelerated learning programmes; Leaders as learning champions; Learning involvement in change; Leadership skills needs; Key messages; Conclusion; Whole brain, whole person approach to learning; Unique learning profiles; Introduction; Some basic principles; Learning = Change; Sub-conscious influences; Learning influences; Creating your own learning profile; Conclusion; Neuroscience of learning; Introduction; What is neuroscience?; Learning and neuroscience; Workings of the brain; The learning cycle; Attention and memory; The emotional and social brain; Brain deception; Environmental factors; Conclusion; Creating a learning culture; Creating a learning culture; Introduction; A tale of two companies; A learning culture framework; Embarking on a culture transformation journey; Conclusion; Learning through coaching; Introduction; What is coaching?; Why coaching?; How do we go about coaching?; Conclusion; Learning through authentic conversations; Introduction; The context of the problem; The imperative for holding authentic conversations; Towards a culture of healthy conflict; The learning imagery of holding authentic conversations; The learning process of initiating and holding authentic conversations; Conclusion; Designing accelerated learning programmes; Learning architecture; Introduction; The challenge; A framework; Understand - the strategic priorities and capabilities; Design - the performance and competency standards; Analyse - the proficiency levels and the needs; Develop - organisational and individual plans; Conclusion; Learning design; Introduction; Learning design for accelerated learning; Design in practice; Retention of learning; Steps in the design process; Methods and tools; Conclusion; Gamification in learning; What is gamification?; Foundation principles driving the success of gamification; Building a gamification strategy; Gamification mechanics; Examples of gamification; Gamification lessons; So what does all of this mean, and how can you apply it?; Conclusion; Learning assessment; Introduction; Levels of assessment; Strategic considerations in assessment decisions; Designing assessment to be incorporated into accelerated learning programmes; Assessment methods; Assessment dilemmas; Assessing the overall value of the ALP; Conclusion; Making it real - Case studies of accelerated learning; How to guide - Learning to accelerate change; Introduction; A new perspective; The learning landscape and audience; The learning design; Alignment with learning design principles; Conclusion; Case study: Breakthrough learning for talent pools; Introduction; What is breakthrough learning?; Why breakthrough learning? Setting up the programme; High-level design; Programme outline; Selection of programme participants; Assessments; BL launch workshop; BL learning modules; BL project work; Learning portal; Final presentation and celebration dinner; Final wrap-up: ensuring results and sustainability; Conclusion; Case study: Creating a culture of effective decision management; Introduction; Context and rationale for effective decision management; Background to the case study; The company business case for decision management; The learning themes and outcomes; A robust process for WISE decisions; Accelerated learning principles; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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