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15 Things to Know About Outcome Based Learning in a Modern Cloud World

Sudhir Menon Gangadharan
Cloud Evangelist and PAAS Specialist

With the growing trend of technological cloud and agile based delivery, it has become imperative to align learning, with attributes such as just in time, skill based and adaptive, to meet the desired business need. So outcome based learning becomes key to meeting the growing and changing business requirement of having access to the right knowledge, at the right time. The success of Google maps reflects the same where users navigate to locations, just-in-time, Intuitive, target based and on demand and is very outcome driven. The learning paradigm is also shifting towards flexible, results oriented curriculum.

As per Tucker, 2004

“Outcome based education (OBE) is a process that involves the restructuring of curriculum, assessment and reporting practices in education to reflect the achievement of high order learning and mastery rather than the accumulation of course credits”

As per Wikipedia

“Outcome-based education (OBE)  is an educational theory that bases each part of an educational system around goals(outcomes). By the end of educational experience, each student should have achieved the goal. There is no single specified style of teaching or assessment in OBE; instead, classes, opportunities and assessments should all help students achieve the specified outcomes. The role of faculty adapts into instructor, trainer, facilitator and/or mentor based on the outcomes targeted”

Below are the15 top things to know about Outcome Based Learning:

1. What is outcome based learning?

Outcome based learning defines objectives or outcomes while designing learning plans for users, avoiding a general knowledge building approach.  Let us take an example. If a user needs to migrate an existing Weblogic Application environment to Java Cloud Service , the team training should focus on the same outcome, have clear objectives, and build skills around the steps or knowledge required to achieve the desired result(s). 

2. What are the attributes of outcome based learning ?

  • Result oriented,
  • Objective based for the project,
  • Resource skill level focused,
  • Build specific implementation goals,
  • Quantitative and measurable
  • Mixed mode learning – formal, social , On-the-Job.

3. When is outcome based learning required?

It is always best practice to deliver bespoke outcome based learning with methodologies incorporating multiple approaches specific to, for example, graduate hires, experienced consultants , technical audience etc.,  The best approach is to have a flavor of outcome based learning in-built into all projects. For specific project needs, such as training senior architects or developers, the best approach is to incorporate outcome based learning.  For graduate hires providing a general know-how of the product and build-out of foundations might be the right approach, mixing the right outcomes and the roles.

4. What is the current process of learning?

The current process of learning is often a mixed mode and outcome are measured on the knowledge level of participant not on the amount of tasks or outcomes which can be generated by the individual. In modern learning, it is imperative to automate the learning process with a skill based framework preferably by digital technologies and augment the same with on the job learning as well as enabling knowledge and social learning.

5. What are the methodologies for implementing outcome based learning ?

There are no standard methodologies, but the best practice is to build knowledge assets based on skill development need and augment with workshops to enhance knowledge.  For example, building a short video platform which would help users learn a task to solve a challenge followed by detailed practice and workshop would be an approach. Also the methodology would focus on business outcomes,  collaborative models of learning and informal education.

6. How is outcome based learning relevant to Cloud technologies?

Most of the solution implementations on cloud are modular based and expect rapid roll out , so outcome based, short learning sessions becomes a key approach to meeting the shorter and quick model of competency, suitable for implementation, with DevOps – agile based model driving a modular approach, outcome based learning is therefore more suitable for cloud  learning.  Also implementing functionality such as  collaborative learning, learning from customer implementation best practice.

7. What are example of outcome based learning?

Below are some of the outcome based learning plans , delivered with short workshops and the digital platform, helping to implement the project in hand.  This drives the overall ROI of the program.

  • Configuring Transparent Data Encryption with Java Cloud Service,
  • Performance tuning of  Java Cloud Service to meet the customer project,
  • Developing IoT application for IOS on user interface components and specs defined by customer.

8. How to get started and formalize the approach with a learning organization ?

The Learning & Development (L&D) leaders should ensure a portion of all training programs include an outcome based approach, broadly all programs will certainly need quantitative approach. The outcome based programs are designed from the bottom up, looking at the challenges, roles and projects, and embedding into the learning plans.

9. What User/ roles should use outcome based learning ?

All roles would be suitable for outcome based learning as the approach is to derive skills and curriculum which are closer to reality and therefore project goals. It can be implemented for any functional, technical and end user programs.

10. What are the business benefit of outcome based learning ?

The key business benefits of outcome based learning include:

  • Return on Investment, which with training is high, as the focus is on solving specific target areas and increasing the value from every dollar invested.

  • Improved project efficiency which can increase the productivity of the project and hence the pay back revenue,

  • Greater focus on the challenges, which can improve the effectiveness of the resources and hence can reduce cost investment in areas such as support.

11. What are the types of outcome based learning?

They can be broadly categorized based on the below

Product Based

In a product based technique the focus is to unleash and improve on learning the feature / functionality of the product which would help in specific project objectives.

Project Based

In Project based approach the focus is to work with Consulting / Implementers to design competency for the outcomes to be driven for implementation such as a migration task, optimization , security etc.,

Role Based

In a Role based learning , we are designing a curriculum for Developers, Architects etc., on what is required to enhance their effectiveness on some of the core product and project functionality

12. What is the service available from Oracle University ?

Oracle University has been pioneers in driving “User Adoption Service” which are specific customized offerings, used to train end users and also functional and technical users. With the modern cloud era , the solution will use digital skill based subscriptions and also the guided learning solution to implement the solution. For more details refer to the URL at the end of this blog.

The Cloud Learning Subscription (CLS 3.0), a new intuitive platform for learning,  from Oracle University is also designed to deliver on the paradigm of skill based learning and driving outcomes for specific roles, with features including:

  • Role and skill-based learning,

  • Content and skill points (designed to motivate user activity),

  • Integrated TOD features (Video content, Labs, eKits),

  • Skill check assessments,

  • Direct access to certification exams (subscribers receive access to free exam attempt),

  • Interface Features (My Progress),

  • Customer best practices and social platform.

13. How does outcome base learning relate to modern principles like Agile?

Most of modern development is based upon agile methodologies, where the design is more flexible and development are increasingly using the concepts of most viable project. Outcome based learning can focus on program development based on the stage and drive improvement. Also the short sprint based programs would help users to align objectives what they are working

14. How is consulting / implementation team implement Outcome based learning?

Any consulting / implementation projects would have defined implementation life cycle and objectives. The switch here, is to move from product to project based training and to be more solution driven, For example, a project might use components of Database Cloud Service,  SOA Cloud Service,  Fusion HCM and SAP for the customer. The outcome based learning implementing programs covers customized task oriented programs designed for specific sets of users/roles, mapping to end implementation objectives

15. Is there an execution framework for implementing Outcome based learning?

The execution framework for outcome based learning follows a design and architecture principle. The learning methodology requires a great deal of work to understand core challenges and the end result(s) for competency development.

Contact your Oracle University Education Sales Representative in your country / region to understand more about implementing outcome based learning for your organization.

Visit the Oracle University cloud learning site to learn more about Outcome Based Cloud Digital Learning

Visit the Oracle University Guided Learning solution for end user learning , adaptive



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Comments ( 1 )
  • Rita Constantine Saturday, August 24, 2019
    valid & useful information puttogether very precisely for an overview of the topic concerned
    it has helped me to organise my findings for OBE
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