In the world of learning technologies, today’s news is tomorrow’s history. From the fast evolving capabilities of A.I and automation to the growing potential of virtual and augmented reality, the industry is buzzing with new ideas to bring L&D out of the shadows. Visit any e-learning conference and you’ll find yourself flabbergasted at the amount of tech available to the profession today.
Simultaneously, a learning revolution has taken place thanks to digital transformation: today, the internet is our primary resource for discovering information or learning new skills. Instead of enrolling in a course, we gain knowledge on-demand. If we want to find out how to make a gluten-free cake or fly a drone, all we need to do is type those words into Google. Within seconds, we’ll have a step-by-step guide of how to achieve a certain task.
It would be easy to assume, therefore, that businesses across the globe had adopted this flexible approach to L&D and invested in the technologies to enhance employee engagement. In fact, most L&D departments have fallen behind; many of them still relying on outdated technology to drive their earning strategies forward. Why? Well, for the most part, it isn’t seen as a priority.
However, as demographics shift and competition grows increasingly fierce, leaving your “learners” to click their way through a compliance course will only waste time. In today’s fast-paced environment, investing in talent development couldn’t be more critical to the success of your organisation: but it won’t be achieved through traditional courses from 1999. Times have changed, and while jumping on the bandwagon is never a good idea, understanding which technologies could compliment your learning strategy is essential.
It's important to regularly review the status of your company's learning technology and the way training is delivered. Many organisations do not take the time to review this and to find out what other options there are available for them. With 81% of UK employees looking for flexible working options before they even join a company*, a growing number of companies need to have the technology and L&D strategy to support flexible working or remote working. It’s imperative that individuals feel connected to their organisation and comply to the organisational training needs. So, face-to-face may no longer be a viable solution, but e-learning or a blended solution certainly is.