Five valuable learning and development trends you need to know

May 18, 2018
5 minutes read

From 2016 to 2017, spending on organizational training increased from 70.6 billion to 93.6 billion dollars in the U.S. Does that tell you anything about how important learning and development has become?

Or perhaps spending is increasing so that companies can offer content and courses that employees will actually want to read. After all, engaging courses create better knowledge retention. And with better knowledge retention comes a positive ROI on that training spend.

How can you create training that engages, entices and excites? Here are five learning and development trends that will light a fire under your employees.

  1. Employee knowledge hubs
    The world is moving at a faster pace than ever before. Employees have to act quickly when they encounter a common problem while on the job. Having a central place that all employees can access—from using tools like Google Docs for small teams to a full knowledge database for larger teams—empowers teams to efficiently problem-solve and find information. Knowledge really is power!
  2. Learning personalization
    No two people learn the same way. So why is the blanket approach still being utilized in corporate training? Human beings crave personalized experiences in everything they do. From shopping and dining out, to customer support and advertising, personalized experiences are everywhere—including corporate training.
    This means creating custom learning paths that take your learners’ needs into account. It means including more examples, more videos, more visual aides, and more practicals. Say goodbye to the one-size-fits-all solution.
  3. Responsive course design and greater accessibility
    The average employee is using more than one mobile device in their daily lives, and perhaps some of that time is spent on training. The need for courses that are responsive and accessible across multi-platforms is vital to the success of any great training program. Using an HTML5 authoring tool that’s compatible with your LMS helps you create courses that look slick on any device (at PATLive we use Articulate360 and Litmos—a great pair).
  4. Self-paced learning
    Are you seeing a pattern here? Trainees hunger for autonomy in the learning environment, and self-paced instruction is another component of this trend. When you provide a range of engaging content and courses that are readily available to employees, you give them the power to gain new skills and grow when they’re ready.
  5. Augmented reality
    Does the thought of using augmented reality (AR) in the training environment give you the heebie-jeebies? If so, you will soon find out how great of an impact AR will make on the world of learning and development. Augmented reality essentially takes all of the risk out of training, creating a safe space for learners to make mistakes while getting hands-on training.

There is an “I” in learning

The trend is clear and it’s here to stay: learners crave a self-driven training environment that helps build their skills and expand their knowledge. By giving them the content they want on the device they choose, you’re giving them the access they crave whenever they need it. And really: is there anything better than an employee who wants to learn on their own?

Stephanie Jones is the Instructional Designer for PATLive where she imbues her passion for great customer service into building better employee training. She has a background in journalism, and has written many posts for the PATLive blog.

By Stephanie Jones

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