I recently attended Learning Cafe’s webinar on the trends in L&D for 2016, to learn how as e-learning providers, we can better service our clients in L&D across Australia. The panel members included Aaron McEwan (CEB), Ryan Tracey (AMP, E-learning Provocateur Blog) and Peter Hall (QBE Insurance).
Key messages for L&D professionals from the panel
The key take home message for me is that L&D professionals need to be up to date with learning technologies for 2016. In particular, HR and L&D need to up skill in:
- Designing better social learning programs
- Designing digital solutions for training and understanding delivery channels
- Managing and encouraging user-generated content within the organization
- Delivering learning content (e.g. short video content) and programs rapidly
In addition to building technological capabilities, L&D professionals need to be more:
- Responsive to business needs
- Capable of influencing stakeholders and project managers
- Able to use data analytics to drive performance through learning programs
How these trends for 2016 might impact the demand for e-learning in Australia
The days where L&D departments were purely responsible for learning content development and training delivery are things of the past. Now, L&D professionals are expected to take on more responsibilities while still delivering the training hours required to ensure their organization members meet the learning requirements. As a result of this and other factors (such as limited budgets, workers with less time to allocate to training, more millennials and Generation Y entering the workforce, etc), I see the demand for e-learning increasing in Australia.
By e-learning, I do not mean the traditional 30-40 minutes click through courses that include a multiple choice quiz at the end. I’ve read quite a few articles critiquing e-learning and agree that if designed poorly with little regard for learners, then e-learning courses are just not effective. However, in 2015, I attended a few conferences in Sydney and witnessed many examples of e-learning courses which were highly engaging and quite frankly, pretty cool. These are the types of e-learning that will continue to be in demand in 2016:
- Gamification concepts
- Micro and bite-sized learning modules
- Short video content
- Scenario based learning design
- Social learning LMSs and apps
- Everything that can go mobile anywhere and anytime continuously
What can L&D professionals do in 2016 to help deliver the best learning?
2016 looks to be the year of change in L&D and consequently, a year of change in the way e-learning is utilized in organizations and how e-learning content is designed. For some L&D professionals, the increased demand for expertise in the area of learning technology and the changing function of L&D in their organization may seem daunting. Some clear paths that can be taken in 2016 if you are an L&D professional are to start developing relationships with e-learning vendors as they are the specialists in learning technologies, subscribe to Learning Café to get updates on their informative webinars, join the many e-learning online groups and post your questions, and extend your personal learning network through Twitter.