02/03/18 By PeopleTactics

There are many benefits to learning. Learning keeps us youthful and healthy, makes us more interesting, gives depth to our skillset, and can be fun. In an organization, an educated workforce is critical to keeping your company growing, fostering innovation, and remaining competitive. On the flip side, a stagnant workforce is vulnerable to competitors and losing touch with their consumers.

Over the last decade, the area of employee learning has evolved considerably. Why the change? Two main drivers include the increased adoption of mobile devices and today’s workforce who is accustomed to real-time, on-demand technology. Consequently, there is a whole new variety of learning formats geared toward meeting these 21st century needs. Here are just a few you may want to consider:

Learning Experience Platforms vs Traditional Learning Management System (LMS)

A traditional LMS tends to focus on HR needs, compliance and formal training – no customization or employee-driven content. In contrast, Learning Experience Platforms allow for a flexible, interactive and personal experience. Traditional LMS and Learning Experience Platforms can run together to provide a well-rounded experience offering the on-demand, micro learning capability while at the same time leveraging the hands-on, formal training still needed.

Micro-Learning Approach

Micro-learning refers to bite-sized learning that employees can reference on their own time. A great benefit of micro-learning vs traditional classroom learning is that skills are built up gradually overtime (not just one day). The result – real behavior change leading to improved performance.

The Role of AI in eLearning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a new concept; however, its role in eLearning has resurfaced and we expect to see more AI tools integrated into existing learning platforms.  People learn at different speeds and in different ways. When applied correctly, AI can produce flexible learning content based on the learner’s abilities and weaknesses – and best yet, adapt the content to the learner in real-time. AI considers a person’s job performance data, learning style, aptitude in a certain area, and motivation – creating a tailored approach for each person.

The area of learning is constantly evolving. Staying on top of trends and finding the methods that work best for your workforce allows you to create a culture of creativity, exceptional performance, and continuous learning. And there are a plethora of vendors out there to help you get started.

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