THE digital era has long arrived and is taking the world by storm. Why? Simply because, it’s accessible and fast. A study on E-Learning: Fact or Fiction?, which was retrieved from the SMC Business Council states that the United Airlines reduced its training time for e-ticketing training from 40 hours to 18 by converting from classroom events to a digital learning format. Moreover, the best scores among those who attended the classroom events were lower than the worst scores among those who took the digital version.
This is how learning is evolving into digital and has opened up to an opportunity of conveying learning in a digitalised manner for the personal and professional development of the masses. Hence, it’s imperative for organisations to stay au courant with the latest digital learning trends that can enable them to create a more effective learning avenue for your people. Let’s take a look at some of the current digital learning trends.
It’s a given today that almost all employees in an organisation have a smartphone. These group of people are accustomed to garnering information in split seconds, merely by accessing this device. The massive expansion of mobile learning is due to the fact that it’s its accessible, convenient and the fact that it follows you wherever you go. An example of this would be a UK based utilities company, Utility Warehouse that required the usage of mobile learning, simply because 46,000 of their distributors needed access to learning while they were on the move, meeting with clients and being onsite.
Give Me Games
The gamification trend is a definite emerging theme. This revolves incorporating game-like functions to learning such as challenges, points and badges. These elements are imbued in the content to increase traffic and motivation towards these learning courses which goes on to encourage completion. Adding gamification method tends to make content more attractive and interactive. True, this trend could be costly, however illustrations which is more affordable can be imbued in this to create a good balance.
A lot of data on learner’s progress is being accumulated as a result of learning activities that is taking place on the digital platform. These detailed data can provide organisations with valuable information on their learners and their developments based on the courses assigned to them. Branching information from these analytics can also enable employers to assess employees and decide on the types of learning and training that need to be offered to each one of them. These data also helps employers uncover learning patterns that have an impact on overall return on investment. Moreover, these data are compiled in a structured and simplified way that it refrains the HR arm from wasting valuable time on compiling information in a tedious, manual manner.
As opposed to a one-size-fits-all, the trend in digital learning enables you to have your very own personalised learning. This involves providing learning that caters to individual learners based on their competence, designation at work and level of authority. Learning outcomes are improved when applied, and this has been demonstrated in personalised learning. Personalisation makes content more interactive and dynamic as well as allowing learners to garner data and analytics on themselves that will help update their learning pathway and create awareness on how to leverage on their strengths and further develop themselves.
Virtual And Augmented Reality
The virtual and augmented reality are tow technologies that are undergoing rapid change. I mean, just look at Pokemon Go craze! A number of organisations are actually leveraging on these technologies, particularly the virtual reality to create real-life scenario based simulations that creates a lasting impression for learners as they interact with the digital sphere. These real life scenarios motivates learners to take on challenges and give it all their best as it involves a lot of interaction from both sides, as opposed to just being on the listening end.
It’s definitely an exciting time to be a part of the digital learning world. The tools needed to take advantage of these trends needs to be leveraged to create a lasting impression for your organisation’s learning.