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Can we effectively develop our soft skills remotely?

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At Simundia, we researched how digital training enables sustainable and effective learning. It is obvious that digitalization makes our life seriously easier in many. By providing digital coaching, our goal is to give access to as many people as possible what was previously accessible only to an elite or to the most informed.


Knowledge is the first object of generalized sharing thanks to digitalisation 


We now all have access to knowledge. With all knowledge available everywhere and all the time, one might almost think that the only limit to learning new things is ourselves. It is ultimately up to us to become a charismatic leader, an expert in nanotechnology or even a top athlete.


The enthusiasm for MOOCs is a sign of this ambition to make knowledge accessible to all. It is also the opportunity to reduce or even eliminate the costs associated with the investment that training can represent. Choose the video of your choice, it's an Oxford, Cambridge or an MIT researcher who teaches you. And at any time and in any place.


Social and environmental interactions are at the heart of learning


However, it is now known that the effectiveness of MOOCs is mixed. An article from the Harvard Business Review relates several studies that take stock of these distance training courses rather negatively. If the average retention rate (of people who finish the program) is between 5 and 10%, some surveys of learners who have taken MOOCs to the end show that half of them do not have the impression of having acquired the knowledge that they initially came to seek.


One might think that it is the technological dimension that undermines the effectiveness of e-learning. But it seems that this is more related to psychosocial difficulties including a feeling of isolation. In a way, it is ultimately the lack of interaction with others and one's environment that hinders sustainable and effective learning.


Capturing attention: is this the solution?


There are many solutions for increasing the retention rate. Motion design, ultra-short format, video scrolling, etc. So many techniques for grabbing attention and making what we are watching feel “interesting”. But does capturing someone's attention sparks his learning? Can you just playback what you learned from the last 5 RAW TedX or videos you saw? 


The more self-taught among us will most likely succeed in deriving great benefit from this infinity of knowledge at our fingertips. The autonomy and intention that are located upstream of learning allow us to frame our research and thus to go and find the content we need on our own. But what can we offer to all those who are besieged by the obligations of everyday life and do not take the time to train themselves?


Engagement, interaction and self-knowledge: the 3 pillars of learning


At Simundia, we believe that online learning begins with engagement. How does it materialize? Through a personal and unique encounter. This is why, with our distance training solution, we allow the greatest number of employees in a company to be in touch with a coach by videoconference. This commitment is manifested by a meeting with his coach, who will take the time to know the density and complexity of each employee’s unique situation.


The coach will challenge the knowledge that the coachee has of himself so that he knows where to invest and what to learn. What stage is he at? What does he need? What relationship or situation would he like to improve? Knowing its strengths and limitations will allow it to place the cursor in the right place.


Finally, by interacting with his coach, he confronts his theoretical knowledge with practice. He gets into the heart of his daily life. This allows him to go beyond the stage of simply understanding a subject to: “how am I going to implement it in my everyday life?”. By interacting with a coach, we create the desire to deepen and question what we believe we have understood.


The individualized relationship with a coach includes a very large part of the factors that allow the anchoring of learning: commitment, self-knowledge and interaction. At Simundia, we have chosen to put it at the service of the development of employees' soft skills (management, leadership, public speaking, self-confidence, etc.). If you want to know more about our methodology and what coaching can bring to your employees, let's talk about it!

Written by Vladimir Pierens
On 16 September 2021