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How to prepare for emerging digital learning trends

Digital learning is a constantly evolving field showing no sign of slowing down, so what should your business be prepared to consider for 2018?

Connectivity

Smartphones are guaranteed to be in the hands of the majority of your workforce, and therefore it can be utilised as part of your digital learning programme. With this in mind, it would be possible to deliver micro-learning programmes to the phones of your employees. These could involve short bursts of learning on the go, consisting of videos or even game based learning tools.

Group Interaction

One of the problems with e-learning direct to an individual’s smartphone can be a lack of interaction and ideas sharing, group work and presentation. Many organisations have introduced their own in-house social networking to help employees share best practices, but there is still some confusion about the lines drawn here in terms of personal social sharing on this platform.

With a clear goal for the network it can be possible for employees, on the same learning programme, (even if they are not in the same building) to use an in-house social networking tool to share their ideas and work together through any projects set for them, but this may require close monitoring.

Webinar

Real time delivery of training direct to employee desktops is also a really useful tool. Webinars are essentially seminars delivered via the web, saving you from having to bring a trainer to your office which incurs transport, accommodation and subsistence costs, and also the requirement of a suitable meeting room.

Webinar tools allow real time interaction between students and trainers. It’s also possible through webinars to deliver written training materials to those taking part, allowing users to interact with documents on screen during the presentation and share their thoughts. Webinars can be a cost-effective alternative to having trainers on site.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality has been used in training for some time now, but what was out of reach for most businesses is now becoming much more accessible as the price of equipment and software has fallen.

For some industries, the opportunity to simulate a scenario in this level of detail will provide unbelievable benefits. Imagine how a completely immersive experience can help people to prepare for eventualities in say the military or medical profession. Those same tools can help prepare people for roles and occurrences in customer services, warehousing, leadership and management.

It’s certainly worth looking into the costs and implications, even if it’s not possible for you to utilise immediately. Virtual reality will eventually bring staff together, wherever they are based, into the same learning environment and into the same room even when they are not.

It’s certainly an exciting time for digital learning and we can’t wait to see what else will emerge in 2018. Contact the team for information about the training, and tools, available for your business.

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