Corporate e-learning has undergone dramatic changes in the last two decades. Corporate e-learning has gone from a standardized, classroom-based, instructor-led framework, where organizations can now take advantage of corporate e-learning methods for a host of digital tools to create a new kind of learning experience. These tools can make training interactive, engaging, virtual, mobile, and available on-demand by the users. A Learning Management System (LMS) with robust capabilities can help a company build a training library, to ensure that employees are prepared with the skills and knowledge to meet the current and future challenges.
But, to plan for a more we-rounded comprehensive training and development program, it is important to know what technologies are available, and what trends in content and delivery will most efficiently suit the needs for a specific population of learners and users.
Finding out what these corporate e-learning trends are for the year 2019 and how effective it could present itself to be:
Top e-learning trends for 2019
Providing high-quality learning opportunities means knowing what the trends are and moving with them :
- Augmented Reality Training and Virtual Reality Training are showing a lot of promise
Augmented Reality training and Virtual Reality training are emerging as very engaging and effective ways of implementing learning and training. They give that “hands-on” quality that is so important for in-depth understanding and retention of information.
Apart from the entertaining effect, Augmented Reality training and Virtual Reality training proves of great help in demonstrating safety-related procedures and protocols. Corporate e-learning companies are all aware of the potential this has and constantly improve the training using virtual reality user experience. While it may not become the norm for e-learning in 2019 (mainly due to cost restraints), immersive learning will still grow and become increasingly present in corporate e-learning.
- Game-based learning is here to stay
Adapting to the audience is crucial when the end objective is to provide learning that sticks and is then translated into the workplace. Today’s audience is mainly Millennials, a generation digitally raised on games and the instant gratification is given by a passed level or a shiny frame and a high-held top place on the leaderboard.This can result in long-term motivation, increased engagement, and improved retention rates. In fact, 87% of learners thought gamification increased their productivity and 85% reported to be happy to spend more time using a gamified learning system.
- Microlearning is now a major trend within corporate e-learning
One of the things appealing about videos is that they are normally short and speedily make their point clear. Organizations have already started to turn to microlearning as an easy and more engaging solution for a complicated and unsolvable problem – the day only has twenty-four hours and modern man definitely has no time to spare.
Bite-size learning units are both cost and time-effective and they hold the great advantage of being available on demand, unlike extensively run instructor-led courses. Microlearning makes the L&D specialists’ life a lot easier since it is a great way of deploying objective driven instruction that easily reaches everyone in the organization.
So what does the average employee think about L&D in the workspace? Let’s look at some figures:
- Employees who do not have the opportunity to develop professionally are 12x more likely to leave their company
- 35% of millennials say that most important quality they look for in a workplace is good training and development
- 74% of people want to learn new skills or retrain to remain employable
- Flexibility and mobile learning
At this point, flexibility should almost be a given in any scenario.
But, while past years have seen WFH (Work From Home) become a common acronym, 2019 will be the year of LFA (Learn From Anywhere).
As we saw earlier, employees want to learn. By moving L&D out of the office and onto devices, they will have access to training and information whenever they want from wherever they are located. Mobile learning gives workers the freedom to learn on their own terms and the opportunity to extend their knowledge if they choose to do so.
Not to mention the time-saving aspect. Training can be done on the bus, waiting to pick up your morning latte, sitting on the… couch. Absolutely anywhere you can take a phone.
More and more organizations are recognizing that in a competitive environment, upskilling of existing employees is to the benefit of the organization. Training and development are an integral part of the modern company’s strategic growth plans. The overarching trends in corporate training and development are to take continued advantage of technology, to make development opportunities more accessible and tailored specifically to the learner. Customized, interactive, engaging and tailored learning will be at the forefront, helping to make course materials even more relevant to the employee themselves.