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Methods of delivery

Individual learning

Individual learning is training that is individualised to take into consideration the differences between learners. It is most appropriately used in a one-to-one situation, such as training successors or team members in the workplace. Unlike facilitated learning where the trainer takes a more passive role, with individual learning the trainer needs to consider and cater for the needs of individual participants for example:

It doesn’t necessarily mean learners are at home — they can be in a classroom and still work through things at their own pace.

The main types of individual learning are:

The advantages are:

There are some disadvantages:

This kind of training is probably most appropriate when the trainer is providing on-the-job training for one or a small number of colleagues. It is a good idea to link the training to practical exercises based on the working need — for example, planning a record survey, drawing up appraisal guidelines etc. It can also be very effective to provide this kind of training as a follow-up to face-to-face training.

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Last updated: 20 December 2005