Year 2015 is shaping up to be a remarkable one for the corporate training and eLearning industry.
We’ll look more broadly at a handful of corporate training trends—still mostly technology driven—that organizations can no longer afford to ignore.
The use of VR technology is to simulate a traditional face-to-face classroom in corporate training. With Facebook’s purchase of VR headset company Oculus Rift for $2 billion, virtual reality is on the cusp of becoming mainstream. These may take the form of immersive learning scenarios using something like Google’s Glass technology. VR technology will make delivery of corporate training sessions easier over online.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online training have ushered in the era of video. In any organization more than 80% of learning takes place visually and that a combination of video and audio demonstrations and it is an effective ways to learn tasks. Today, to produce a video it requires only a computer. As a result, video-based learning is being used more and more, in online training courses as well as in blended learning courses for industries like – Automotive Sector, Banking Sector, IT & ITES and Pharmaceutical.
In year 2013 LMS providers realized they needed to add mobile functionality and belatedly started offering HTML5 mobile-accessible websites, in year 2014 organization finally started focusing on actual native apps instead of browser “apps.” In a recent survey on the E-Learning, 88% of respondents thought they needed or said they absolutely needed their LMS to have mobile learning capabilities for tablet devices.
Only 10% of companies are heavy users of mobile learning functionality. Expect that to change over the next few months as, not only are companies signaling an increased focus on mobile learning apps, but wider structural changes are happening as well. Almost 2 billion mobile phones are expected to ship in 2015 (compared to just 270 million PCs) and with such market penetration and with people using smart phones more than PCs to access the internet, this can only mean a bigger importance for mobile.
Nearly half of large organizations are purchasing social platform tools to learn about them and to test their effectiveness. Social learning is one of those buzzwords that was overhyped initially, but is finally coming into its own. Industries like Automotive Sector, Banking Sector, IT & ITES and many more started using Social platforms for customer acquisition and many more.
The use of social media in training has some concerned about the privacy of their proprietary information. However, not all social media tools necessarily need to be public and companies have much to gain by using communication and collaboration tools beyond the discussion forum.
“Companies still lack the knowledge and insight around how to use these social tools for learning and development.” Almost 60% of companies were using social for learning, fewer than one-quarter thought it was effective.
“Companies are using discussion forums, document sharing and blogs but they aren’t generally using video or micro-blogs—which are more effective—to improve their learning functions.”
This goes beyond Personal Learning Environments, and into offering multiple paths for individual learners to complete a single training objective. Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2002) will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, and already comprise one third of all employees in the U.S. Given that 65% of them say opportunities for personal development and training were the primary factor in choosing their current jobs, expect to see more and more companies creating training targeted to this younger generation.
Driven by Millennials’ desire for flexibility, and a results-oriented culture looking to make training time as effective as possible, expect 2015 to be the year more employers move away from one-size-fits all videos and recorded presentations, and towards individualized eLearning.
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