What is the Adding, Embedding, Extracting (AEE) Learning Model?
The Adding, Embedding, Extracting (AEE) model aims to make informal learning in the workplace more effective . It supports the 70:20:10 model by acknowledging that learning occurs beyond formal training events – in workplace environments and through social interactions.
The AEE model recognises that the most learning occurs on-the-job – so strengthening experiential learning experiences in the workplace can significantly increase performance and depth of understanding .
‘Adding’ learning to work – ‘learn then work’
‘Adding’ learning to work refers to extra learning activities that occur in the workplace to support learning . These are often an extension of a structured program, course or workshop. These activities may include an online forum/discussion board, additional eLearning experiences, site visits and demonstrations or work-based assignments  .
Although this approach does support learning, it views learning and working as separate.
‘Embedding’ learning in work – ‘learn as you work’
This approach blends learning and work into one to improve performance. It involves learners ‘learning as they do’ using accessible, on-demand support aids. These may include job aids, quick reference guides (QRG) and Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) .
‘Extracting’ learning from work – ‘work, then learn, then work in an improved way’
‘Extracting’ learning refers to learning that is derived from on-the-job experiences. It involves learners reflecting on what they have learned and sharing these learning with colleagues to review and improve performance.
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