Developments in technology are dramatically changing the way training is delivered and e-Learning is by far the biggest change agent.
Gone are the days when it was left to the skill of the training manager to produce an online course. Research into how we learn combined with technology advances and engagement tools are radically transforming the learning world.
So what can change this approach in the second half of the decade?
People retain very little of what they learn at any learning event. This may be as little as ten percent. Astute trainers have realised that short, sharp training bursts work better. That may mean taking a blended learning approach or embedding learning into every working day.
Memory experts acknowledge that short-term memory copes with around four concepts. Using short bursts of learning—anything from 60 seconds to 60 minutes helps to increase retention.
It makes sense to deliver learning to on a platform that is integral to the learner’s personal and professional lifestyle.
That said, staring at a Smartphone screen for long periods is not conducive to good learning but there are many ways that mobile learning is extremely effective:
People often learn as much from one another as they do from a training session and these days, social networks are a way of life to many people.
Incorporating Social Media into a core training strategy has may benefits, including:
Gamification is proving to be one of the most important measures to get people eager to learn, and continue to learn.
In addition to being fun, gamification offers other key benefits:
A gamification strategy might include video games, games of chance, role play and adventure, simulations, building and construction, or puzzles.
Learning is an individual experience, but training has traditionally been conducted in groups. It is now possible to implement a more personalised approach to training, based on each individual’s unique competencies and learning preferences.