The training industry is quickly evolving—thanks to new technology and continued dedication to research—and it can be challenging to stay on top of all the new and improved training methods. Here are five training trends to keep an eye on and consider incorporating into your training plan for the remainder of 2019.
- Build micromodules with responsive design that are easily accessible.
We know our learners are busy. Taking time out of their day to take a 30-minute elearning course that takes them away from their responsibilities at work can be both cumbersome and unrealistic. Microlearning that is short and to the point (focusing on one topic), responsive on all platforms (such as a desktop, tablet and cell phone), and lives in a central location (such as an LMS) gives the learner the flexibility to learn while on the go—while also being considerate of the learner’s time.
- Create personalized training through adaptive learning.
Adaptive learning curates content based on the personal needs of the learner by using algorithms that gauge the learner’s understanding of a topic and identifying gaps in the learner’s knowledge. This type of learning drills down to what the learner really needs to learn and doesn’t waste time repeating what they already know. Adaptive learning enables trainers to be mindful of the amount of time learners have, while still ensuring they are able to gain the knowledge they need to succeed.
- Predict learner behavior and field support inquiries with artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence is here, and it is significantly helping learners—and helping trainers better support their learners. Whether learners are asking chat bots questions, or a guiding bot is gauging the learner’s need for specific content, artificial intelligence is able to aid learners in moments of need—anytime, anywhere.
- Increase engagement by embracing immersive technology.
Immersive technology—also known as augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality—gives learners the ability to experience a scenario in a simulated environment. An excellent situation for when to use this type of technology in sales training, for example, is to enable a salesperson to make mistakes and learn in a controlled environment rather than on actual clients that they could potentially lose. These technologies also evoke emotional responses, which significantly aids in the learner’s retention of the information.
- Amplify learner retention with gamification, video and/or social learning.
These three solutions may not be new to training, but because they are ever-changing, they are a trend to watch. Each of these types of training enable the learner to create an emotional connection with the content, increasing engagement and significantly improving learner retention. Additionally, these training types are flexible and can fit into traditional elearning, as well as microlearning .
Training that achieves the learner objectives, engages the learner and increases learner retention is the ultimate goal. Utilizing these trends in your training may give you the boost in results that you’ve been looking for.
Keep in mind that although these are 2019’s training trends, there is a time and place for everything. Having a great training strategy can help you develop a plan to use these trends in the best possible way for your learners and your business goals. Not sure where to start in creating a training strategy? Get in touch, and we’ll introduce you to our proven process and custom training offerings.
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