Frequency of Learning

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Last updated: October 8, 2021 at 19:12 pm

Here are the results of the Frequency of Learning survey. They show (in % terms) how frequently learning takes place in each of the 15 specified ways. The highlighted areas show the time frame where the most frequent learning takes place

Key: D=daily, W=weekly, M=monthly, Q=quarterly, H=half-yearly, Y=yearly, L=less often than yearly, N=never, N/A=not applicable

D W M Q H Y L N N/A
work-based activities whilst doing your job (eg writing letters/reports, carrying out transactions, etc) 60 28 9 1 1 2
web searching PURPOSEFULLY to find out something (eg using Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo) 59 32 8 1
reading (eg blog posts, news feeds, articles, (e-)books or book abstracts) 58 29 8 4 1
interacting with your team and other work colleagues (either in person or on your enterprise collaboration platform) 53 35 6 2 1 1 2
web browsing AIMLESSLY for enjoyment (eg moving around the Web from link to link) 52 26 10 3 2 1 2 4
watching videos and/or listening to podcasts (and/or watching TV documentaries or listening to radio programmes) 32 46 14 5 2
interacting with your professional network (in person or in online social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter etc) 13 37 23 6 7 3 3 8
using company resources (eg reference guides, job aids and other support materials) 24 31 25 5 5 4 1 2 3
manager feedback (informal or formal) 2 30 26 13 9 7 2 3 8
live virtual training (schedule training sessions on Zoom, Teams etc) 1 13 28 19 16 13 6 4
on demand online courses (self-paced) 4 15 18 28 16 13 7 2
conferences (either in-person or virtual) 3 8 14 15 33 20 7
scheduled online courses (with a cohort) 2 8 10 12 17 21 20 10
classroom training (either internal or extenal) 4 7 10 16 25 28 10
working with a coach or mentor (internal or external 2 7 16 11 8 4 6 46

 A number of features are emerging:

  1. Reading is the most frequent pro-active daily activity for those over 40 years of age, whilst for those under 40 it is watching videos and listening to podcasts.
  2. Those in their 30s are most likely to have a mentor and work with them on a quarterly basis
  3. The most popular frequency for on demand courses is a quarterly for those in their 30s and 40s, whilst it drops to half-yearly/yearly for those in their 50s and to less often than yearly for those in their 60s.

The frequency of learning from these activities has been added to the graphic on the 4 D’s of Learning.

What is now very clear to see is that the activities that fall into the DISCOVERY, DOING and DISCOURSE categories take place much more frequently (daily or weekly) than DIDACTICAL activities – and yet that is where most L&D effort is placed.

So the next question we need to consider is which of these ways of learning offer the most value to people. That’s the question on the next page


Which of these ways of learning bring most value?