Apprentices expect systems and software to fit a busy lifestyle and career needs. For many, it is not always practical to sit down and take notes from books for hours at a time. Instead, learning providers need to recognize more versatile approaches that deliver burst knowledge and support around the clock. Let’s look at the major trends in technology that will in the near future impact workplace learning.
Practical, wearable, augmented and virtual models
Technology makes it easier for everyone when it comes to delivering practical courses. Learners can be trained in everything from woodworking to assembling cars to producing clean and biotech components with wearable Augmented and Virtual Reality devices. In single modules, theory and practice can be combined, with some elements requiring in-class activities alongside modular eLearning courses.The teaching of practical subjects is easier, more cost-effective with this new wave of technology, and will improve learning outcomes for those on practical courses.
Students are more social online. Facebook was the primary social channel used by many students in the U.S. ten or so years ago, with students from Europe and Asia becoming used to it. Younger generations now prefer numerous apps and use them to support each other in learning activities, often without involvement in the school. Schools, colleges and third-party organizations also support students with organized groups and communities, tailoring the needs of non-classroom activities around modern student preferences.
We can expect online learning to continue evolving over the next few years. It will become more modular, more flexible and more tailored to the learners’ needs. Standardized approaches will fall out of favour as eLearning progresses, both in traditional learning environments and in the workplace.