In his groundbreaking book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, celebrated psychologist and educator Howard Gardner offered readers a radical new concept of intelligence. Through eLearning in an online training software, or traditional means, knowing intelligence is essential. Rather than seeing it as a faculty some possessed or did not possess, Gardner claimed that intelligence operated in a number of separate but distinct modes. Employee A may have a real knack for math, but only limited ability with the written word. Meanwhile, Employee B might write with polish and gusto, while struggling with the most basic math equations. For Gardner this didn’t make Employee A smarter than Employee B, or vice-versa. It meant that Employees A and B had different intelligences that complimented each other. Gardner identified eight core intelligences based on observations of brain activity:
Some learners will be high in a number of these areas; others will have one or two, which they excel at. Knowing where your employees’ fall is critical to getting them in the right role and getting them the right support to be successful. A learning management system (LMS) can help you differentiate to meet all your employees’ learning needs. Why not build a scavenger hunt activity into your learning module to help your naturalists learn through inquiry? How about a video for our visual-spatial and musical-rhythmic staff members? Why not give your logical-mathematical and intrapersonal learners questions to answer and reflect on? What about a discussion group to help the interpersonal and verbal-linguistic learners work through things together. This sounds complicated on the surface, but with an LMS all of these activities can be going on simultaneously, ensuring quick and effective mastery of training material by all employees. Best of all it lets you, the employer, know where their aptitudes lie, helping you better manage your human resources, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction. In actuality, learning has never been easier.