We learn new skills through repetition.
When we repeat actions with the intention of getting better, we call this practice.
It works, but it's laborious, and without guidance can lead to bad habits, poor technique, and - most often - failure. That means lower confidence, lower performance, and self-limiting beliefs.
As learning professionals we can improve the effectiveness of this process by providing the right knowledge and structure, and then through coaching as skills are practised, reflected upon, and new mental models developed.
The problem now is that it's not realistic to scale this level of support for a whole organisation.
Douglas Seifert, PhD is the founder and CEO of Syandus
He founded Syandus 15 years ago to create a new way to learn. By combining cognitive science with game technologies, Dr. Seifert focuses on providing scalable ways to solve issues related to knowledge retention and skill acquisition.
Dr. Seifert served as Principal Investigator on 8 Small Business Innovation Research awards from the National Science Foundation; this research fueled the development of the virtual immersive learning technology on which the Syandus platform is built.
Syandus is now used to create customized modules for medicine, sales, leadership, and employee performance.
To find out more about how Syandus works, see this link for the Syandus sales training promotional video (scroll down for the video).