The Future of Corporate Learning: 5 Predictions

Learning Culture  |  February 28, 2019

If a culture of corporate learning is about continually learning, asking questions, embracing change, and innovating, what does that mean for the future of corporate learning? Because we embrace a culture of learning, we’re going to take a risk, make a guess, and offer five (5) predictions.

Prediction #1: New Roles Focused on Learning and Development

Mimeo asked over 250 learning and development professionals for their thoughts on corporate training and compiled the results in its annual report, State of Learning and Development. One of the questions asked what new positions focusing on learning and development will be created in the next five years, the tops responses:

  • Training Data Analyst
  • Specialists to handle new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 3-D virtual reality (VR)
  • A focused role in creating learning games
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Happiness Learning and Development

These positions reflect some of the benefits of implementing a corporate learning culture including employee wellbeing, the importance of staying aware of new trends in technology, and devising new, out-of-the-box learning opportunities, such as games and micro-learning.

Prediction #2: New Topics to be Explored in Corporate Learning

Mimeo also asked respondents to share what topics they see themselves focusing on in the next two years. These include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Cultural Competency
  • Leadership and Innovation
  • Job Skills
  • Influence Skills and Career Development
  • Team Building
  • Reinforcement Training
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Building a Learning Culture

We’re really happy about that last one!

Prediction #3: New Technologies Will Emerge

This is echoed in some of the new roles suggested by the respondents of Mimeo’s survey. People now are seldom without their smartphones. There are a variety of learning-centric apps available, as well as platforms that adapt to learners’ performance and provide micro-learning experiences. This helps individuals focus on learning individual skills, suggesting content to them as well as areas in which they need to practice specific skills.

Because employees are pressed for time, many of these new technologies enable learning to happen in smaller chunks of time–not everyone has an hour for a training session, but most have 5 minutes to dedicate to learning or to get support during a moment of need. This expectation is way more realistic for today’s employees. Quick learning options are attractive to people who need 26 hours in a day; they’ll be far more likely to take advantage of them. 

Prediction #4: Learning Management Systems Will Become More Obsolete

Companies are moving away from traditional, older Learning Management Systems (LMS) to embrace newer technologies. Instructional content is readily available online via various platforms and while LMSs serve their purpose, they are best for managing compliance and formal training, rather than providing a more dynamic, engaging learning experience.

Businesses that embrace and value a corporate learning culture understand the importance of technology that shifts the way we learn and work. One of our favorite disruptive platforms, one that breaks the mold of the turnofthecentury LMS, is built on blending online learning, with real-world doing. The Jubi platform leverages the Learn. Do. Inspire. learning architecture to validate behavioral shifts and business outcomes.

Prediction #5: There Will be a Focus on “Soft Skills”

Despite an understandable (and exciting) focus on how technological advances will make learning more immersive and enjoyable, don’t discount the importance of human interaction. People are complex, and they bring both their “hard skills” and their “soft skills” to every interaction.

Failing to address the continued development of soft skills is something organizations can’t afford to do. As we mentioned in our post about the benefits of a learning culture, jobs will require “soft” or “human” skills that computers or AI (as it stands today and in the near future) can’t replicate.

These include the ability to communicate well, listen actively, empathize with others, and face and resolve conflicts. Individuals who have high emotional intelligence and are lifelong learners will strive to push themselves, their colleagues, and their companies to continually question, learn, and innovate.

If you’re eager to leap into the future of corporate learning, KnowledgeForce has the tools you need to take your training to the next level. Click here to learn more today.

For more information, read our complete employer’s guide on corporate learning and employee engagement.


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