GoodScan helps 100,000 workers rediscover their learning mojos during lockdown

Nowadays we have plenty of spare time to learn something new – the main challenge is deciding where to start and what to study. GoodScan, a new tool from e-learning specialist GoodHabitz, was designed to ensure that workplace learners get the most value from time invested, by highlighting exactly what courses most closely match their interests, personality traits and growth potential. It is already being used by organisations in 8 European countries and has helped 100,000 learners to get back their learning mojos.

Most people will admit that they want to learn, but have trouble finding their intrinsic motivation.  Locating courses that are going to really accelerate their personal development, especially now, as the COVID-19 crisis looks set to transform working life as we knew it is another factor. GoodScan solves this problem for L&D departments, by matching people to courses that fit not only their obvious interests, things they are already good at, but their best interests too – new skills that fit their personality types, but that they might not be aware of. This is very important because by flagging the courses that are most beneficial for learners, they can maximise growth opportunities.

GoodScan was developed in partnership with academics at the University of Rotterdam and is first tool to link widely used psychology models with deep learning. Unlike a psychometric test, which just measures personality traits, GoodScan uses this information to improve the outcomes of online learning in the workplace by dividing people into four main professional types – the corporate adventurer and strategist, the team player and people person, a detail orientated technical specialist, or creative genius and inventor – using a validated algorithm and secret weighting matrix.

“GoodScan is a very accessible self-test for learners. It’s proving to be a very effective way for L&D departments to develop a learning culture which is really important now that so many teams are working remotely”, says Stephen Humphreys, Country Director UK at GoodHabitz.

Models used within the GoodScan include the Great Eight competencies model, to measure existing skills e.g. leadership, cooperating with others, presenting, creativity and analytical capabilities. This is combined with the OCEAN framework of five key personality traits – openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (emotional stability). The outcome is a set of recommendations to maximise both growth opportunities and the person’s own motivation, based on nearly 200 course options from the GoodHabitz library.

“We know from our own research that learning is a high priority, but getting down to it can be an issue. GoodScan helps trigger people’s intrinsic motivation because it’s giving them guidance to find courses that they might have never thought about, but that are really relevant for personal development. They can learn the skills that offer maximum rewards for the time invested,” says Stephen Humphreys.

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