Rapid advancements in technology have revolutionised the way we live and the way we work. However, when technology changes, it isn't just our devices that are different.
Our needs and behaviours evolve. The way we store, process and retain information today is a world away from how it was done only a decade ago.
Innovation doesn't happen overnight or through the purchase of an exciting new tool. New technologies provide new opportunities, but they cannot promise behavioural change. This still falls on the shoulders of the teacher.
Rather than simply adopting the latest technology and throwing it into an e-learning solution, L&D leaders should consider how to engage the modern learner.
Learning experiences of today must centre on human beings, and designers must consider how to marry immersive technology with storytelling to create a course that is effective, agile, fast and meaningful to the learner.
The truth is that IT and learning are similar; both try to simplify the complex but they differ in speed. While technology is very fast, L&D struggles to innovate on the way to approach learning. That must change. The industry must adapt and be able to respond with speed in order to generate and share knowledge in a way that is aligned with organizational goals. What’s more, the industry must embrace learning design that is compatible with real life—compatible with a “beta version” world, in which things change rapidly. In addition, the design process needs to center on human beings. Designers must consider their expectations and preferences about learning, and the performance that is expected from them.