What’s driving L&D in 2017?

by Brett Henebery31 Jan 2017
With the proliferation of technology driving personalised, collaborative, social learning, eLearning, organisations are working out ways to adapt to dramatic shifts in learners’ lifestyles, expectations, and learning environments.
So, with organisations increasingly catering to these shifts to accommodate the needs of their staff, will 2017 be the year of the empowered learner?
According to Spanish company Training Express, this will be the year where any successful learning platform will allow the learner to “take the lead and drive and create their own custom-made course”.
Below, Training Express, shares what it sees as the top five trends driving learning paradigms for the year ahead.
Mobile learning 
Embracing mobile learning is no longer an option. The ubiquity of smartphones that are integrated into our daily lives means learners turn to their devices in ‘down time’ for edutainment and learning.
Microlearning and bite-sized activities.
Learner lifestyle changes means reduced time slots available for learning and shifting agendas require total flexibility. Learning needs to be accessible anytime and on any device. Adult learners are increasingly pressured to compress and reschedule the time they have available for learning.
Receiving instant feedback and validation
Learners can’t and don’t want to finish an activity before receiving a score. They want to receive immediate correction feedback to see where they are going wrong in order to rectify themselves.
Personalised courses that meet their professional needs
As the psychologist, Carl Rogers suggested, students need to feel that what they are learning is personally relevant to them, that they have to experience learning (rather than just being taught) and that their self-image needs to be enhanced as part of the process. (Rogers 1969). Learners should be able to create a learning path based on their needs and interest.
Relaxed, anxiety free learning environments
Students appreciate a relaxed, anxiety-free learning environment which helps them boost their self-confidence in using another language. Social learning, collaborative, peer-to-peer learning is key to the learner-driven experience. It helps learners form communities, network, and problem-solve. They become more independent, autonomous learners who take charge of their own learning experience and reach out to others to offer and receive support.

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