In training and education, the prevailing method has often been the structured Push Model. Coaches and course creators typically guide learners through a predetermined curriculum. However, it’s worth questioning whether this singular approach is universally effective for the diverse needs of our learners.
The Dominance of the Push Model
For a long time, the Push Model has been the go-to in coaching education. It offers a clear roadmap for learners and ensures an organized learning experience. But as we navigate coaching diverse individuals with varied backgrounds, skills, and experiences, it becomes clear that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be the most effective.
Introducing the Pull Model
Enter the Pull Model – a newer approach that challenges the status quo. Unlike the Push Model, the Pull Model puts learners at the helm of their educational journey. Think of it as a digital library filled with resources, where learners explore and curate their personalized learning experience. This model thrives in scenarios where there’s a wide variation in learners’ prior knowledge and skills.
One of the Pull Model’s distinctive features is personalization. Learners have the autonomy to choose what, when, and how they learn. This flexibility fosters a sense of empowerment, making the learning journey more engaging and relevant to each individual. It’s a dynamic approach that resonates particularly well with a diverse audience of coaches and learners.
In this approach, the concept of microlearning assets emerges as a powerful supplement to the Pull Model. Microlearning involves creating bite-sized, focused content that addresses specific topics or skills. These assets can be likened to building blocks in our digital library, ready for learners to pull from whenever they encounter knowledge or skill gaps.
By incorporating microlearning assets into our educational strategy, we enhance the flexibility of the Pull Model. Learners gain access to concise, targeted information that allows for quick and efficient skill acquisition. This approach aligns seamlessly with the diverse needs of our coaching community, providing on-demand resources tailored to individual preferences and varying levels of expertise.
As we weigh the merits of both the Push and Pull Models, it’s essential to consider the evolving needs of our clients. While the Push Model provides structure, there are instances where flexibility and adaptability become crucial. It prompts us to question whether a rigid, predetermined path is always the best way to empower our learners.