We are at a very interesting juncture in corporate employee training. Six months ago, if someone was told that in the future, all training will take place remotely and online, they would not have believed it. Yet here we are, six months later surprisingly well-equipped to handle remote training with ease. While enterprises and institutions were exploring and adapting eLearning at their own pace before the pandemic, now it has become the new normal. Let us look at corporate eLearning trends that will be the core factors deciding the efficiency and success of employee training.
- ELEARNING PLATFORMS
eLearning has come a long way from being just a digital way of administering training content to employees to a dynamic platform that allows multiple functions and methods of learning to choose from. Therefore, it is imperative that organisations today invest in such platforms so that employees can leverage the advantages of learning at their own pace. Most platforms today offer different methods of learning such as adaptive learning, blended learning, gamified learning and so on. Employees can then pick the method they are most comfortable with and begin their training.
- SMART ANALYTICS AND LEARNING RECORDS
The quick proliferation of eLearning tools and techniques has led to a boom in employee training analysis and reporting. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods have greatly helped to observe and execute training modules in a fashion that is most suited for employees. It also helps tailor make training programs according to individual skill sets, skill levels and competence. An added advantage is the possibility to keep records of the learning progress for employees and employers. This allows them to measure pace of learning and aids in self-learning and regulation.
- EMPLOYEE-CONTROLLED LEARNING
Employees belonging to the current workforce like to be in control of their own training instead of being directed constantly by their employers. To this extent, AI assisted programs can help in collecting information from employees about the areas of training they are interested in and personalise it accordingly. Personalised learning is becoming an increasingly popular trend in corporate training. Through smart analytics and employee learning records, AI can pick up on the employees learning preferences and retrofit content that appeals to them the most while still adhering to the organisation’s training objectives.
- CROSS FUNCTIONAL SKILLS TRAINING
One of the changes that corporate training has witnessed today is that employees no longer look at it as something that is forced on them. Instead, the new trends that put them in charge of their own training have encouraged them to sign-up actively for training programs. This new development has led to employees being interested in training areas outside of their own departments, fields of expertise and even industry. Training in skills such as time-management, soft skills and presentation, creative problem solving, leadership, etc., have really helped employees across the global workforce.
The above elaborated trends in eLearning are contributing greatly towards changing the way traditional corporate training has worked. There is a whole wealth of opportunities that organisations can leverage through eLearning today. It helps increase employee confidence and boosts their morale as they can chart their own course of training and take away actionable learnings that they can immediately transfer into their jobs.