The last two decades saw major changes in business learning. From a standardized, classroom-based, instructor-led framework, it has now moved to a host of digital tools to create a new kind of learning experience. As technological advancements are translated into new, better methods of delivering training throughout the organization, 2018 promises to be an exciting year of advancements in eLearning. Let’s take a look at them.
Video Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
Video-based ILT (VILT) is on the rise since video and audio equipment required to make a quality training video is becoming less expensive and is readily available. It has the advantage of no limit to the number of employees who can take part in video-based training, and they are not limited by physical location or schedule availability. VILT training sessions can be viewed at any time, employee participation can be noted and tracked for reporting purposes, and you can be sure that each participant receives exactly the same information.
The game-based learning market reached $2.6 billion in 2016 and the projected growth figures estimate that it will reach $7.3 billion by 2021. Turning eLearning efforts into a game for participants is an emergent approach to instruction. Some employees respond better to intrinsic rewards and unlocking of achievements or receipt of a badge at the successful completion of a training segment through gamification can do just that. Employees who respond better to extrinsic rewards will be more motivated by incorporating competition to the segment.
Upskilling of existing employees in a competitive environment is to the benefit of the organization as a whole and training and development are an important part of the modern company’s strategic growth plans. To make development opportunities more accessible and tailored to the learner, the overarching trends in corporate training and development are to take continued advantage of technology.