Corporate training does not usually take up a very large part of an organization’s overall budget. The trick is to get employees trained to meet business objectives efficiently and in a cost-effective way. DevelopIntelligence.com identified five trends for learning and development for 2016 on TrainingMag.com.
First, Whyte noted that attention spans are not what they used to be since people get small pieces of information and digest them in short sittings through their mobile devices. Learning needs to reflect this change. Training modules that offer small bytes of information that students can access when and where they want are important. This enables learners to learn on their terms.
Personalized learning programs are flexible and provide good results. They change the speed at which new information is presented to a learner. Repetition is used to present information that was not understood initially, and that reinforcement empowers learners to keep learning. They can learn at their own pace and to remember the information better.
Next, mobile learning makes it possible for learners to learn while they are on the train to work, at home after dinner, or from any location and at any time. They are in control of the logistics of their learning, which increases motivation. When students have control over at least some of their learning, they are more likely to want to complete a training and to do well at it. They are in charge of the content and logistics of its delivery, to a certain extent. Intrinsic motivation is a much stronger force behind learning than external motivations, such as rewards.
Online teaching and tutoring makes it possible for students to learn from experts, no matter where the instructors are located. Private or small-group lessons provided online give students the chance to get focused tutoring in a skill they need to learn. Language learning particularly benefits from online tutoring as students can interact with their teacher and practice the language with other students.
Additionally, gamification increases student motivation, and it helps create a successful training program. Gamification involves competition, rewards, feedback, and setting goals, all of which are popular in video games.
Finally, increasing employees’ abilities to communicate in other languages will be critical for corporate training in the coming years. Communication with vendors, suppliers, customers, and partners needs to be as simple as possible, so building language skills decreases any communication barriers than may arise as international businesses work together. Online tutoring can be helpful for employees who want to learn a language for business.
Collaboration and personalized learning tools are the wave of the future in corporate training. Employees want to learn on their terms and use technology that is easy to master. This technology empowers them to learn in new and flexible ways, which increases their motivation and desire to learn.