Disruption looms for corporate training

by L&D31 Mar 2017
According to the likes of Josh Bersin, the founder and principal of Bersin by Deloitte, the $130bn corporate training market is about to be disrupted.

As many organisations begin to shift from Learning Management Systems (LMS) and reinvest in new infrastructure to help employees learn, the potential impact of GSuite, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook is massive.

However, in this new world of learning, employees, who previously might have had just one solution for product training, increasingly find themselves with the ability to shop around.
The level of disruption this poses to traditional corporate training should not be underestimated, and presents organisations with significant opportunities to use new models of training to enhance their learners’ skills.

One such model is the ‘flipped model’, as Kate Barker, vice president at Global Human Resources executive advisor at SAP SuccessFactors, recently explained in an interview with L&D Professional.

A recent study conducted by the Research and Analytics team at Colorado State University Online found that flipping the classroom may improve student participation and attendance rates. Flipping the classroom may also create a more challenging experience for learners and foster more critical thinking.

Barker – one of the speakers at the Learning & Development Masterclass held in Sydney on 30 November – said recent research shows that the concept of a ‘flipped classroom’ has proven to be well-suited for corporate learning.

“This is because it improves the learner engagement, ROI, and cost savings for enterprise Learning and Development,” she told L&D Professional.

“For many years Learning and Development Managers have strived to attain the all too illusive “70:20:10” learning model with blended learning but now with significant advances in digital learning technology, these blended learning options are now more suited to the modern learner needs.”
But just how well do organisations understand these needs?

Recent reports show that just three-in-five L&D professionals understand the crucial questions that they need to ask of their learning providers – something that could have serious ramifications for organisations budgets, and learners themselves.

Educator, professional speaker, and top LinkedIn Learning Author, Professor Todd Dewett, says too many training dollars are misspent because they “do not address the right skills at the right time”.

“We often apply off-the-shelf information instead of thoughtful knowledge. Transitioning to a learning consultant begins with mastering the art of listening,” he said.

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