Recently we have published a research report that identified six trends that impact the learning and development landscape in 2018 and beyond. Besides identifying these trends, the paper also gives recommendations on how to react to these trends by suggesting a new learning strategy based on the employee-generated learning model.
If you are interested in reading the full research report, it can be accessed here. These trends have been identified through analyzing our own research data (n = 600) and combining it with existing research. We found:
- A growing need for creating content quickly. Content creation can be accelerated using a learning solution that facilitates (re)using templates and content.
- Employees are create learning content, we refer to this as employee-generated learning. Any employee within an organization creates e-learning courses on topics in which he or she is an expert.
- Mobile learning has become indispensable.
- Mobile devices are increasingly used to supply small nuggets of learning content through a method known as microlearning.
- A shift away from traditional learning management systems
- Growing awareness of the pitfalls of massive open online course (MOOCs).
The way ahead
These trends are not isolated from one another, they are deeply interconnected and to be considered in unison to form a future-proof L&D strategy. The growing need for rapid content creation can be addressed by choosing a learning solution that facilitates reusable templates and content. Reusing content simplifies content creation. Simplifying the creation process helps to empower employees to generate their own learning content. This method of employee-generated learning is much more cost-effective and enables content to be localized for diverse learning communities in a simple, organic manner. Ideally, this content should be shared with learners in the form of microlearning via mobile devices. Our research reveals that traditional learning management systems are not effective for facilitating fast-paced, employee-generated, mobile learning strategies. Finally, we conclude that MOOCs suffer from lack of learner engagement.