To summarise, these are the conditions for success with top-down learning:
- Top-down learning interventions are aligned with the business goals of the organisation and measured in terms of the contribution they make to these goals.
- These interventions are designed to meet genuine learning and development needs.
- These interventions are focused on critical and widely used knowledge and skills, and on the needs of novices and those with low metacognitive skills.
- The most resources are allocated to the interventions that deliver the most value to the organisation.
- Senior management is actively involved in determining needs and genuinely committed to helping make learning interventions a success.
- All key stakeholders, including potential learners, are involved in the process of designing and developing the interventions.
- All four contexts (experiential, on-demand, non-formal, formal) are considered in designing the most appropriate form for the interventions.
Coming next, chapter 6: Bottom-up learning
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