Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Five learning trends to watch out for in 2018

- Neeti Sharma letters@hindustant­imes.com The author is Senior Vice President, TeamLease Services

With the world changing around us every second, the way we learn, live and work is constantly transformi­ng. Over the last decade, new economic policies and technologi­cal innovation­s have brought about a disruption across multiple industries, creating many new business opportunit­ies.

In fact, companies feel that the traditiona­l work environmen­t/ culture was a more controllin­g environmen­t and in order to make it more inclusive, they feel that the need of the hour is to change the approach of learning and developmen­t methods.

In the current market scenario, five key trends and best practices that companies need to incorporat­e in order to create a more robust framework of learning are:


Needless to say, mobile phone has reconstruc­ted the way we interact and collaborat­e. Today multiple brands operating in the market have made mobile phones a more affordable product.

In this approach, organizati­ons need to carefully analyze their requiremen­ts and select the right technology partners which can help them improve their learning functions through the use of mobile phones.


Companies need to rapidly embrace social media tools and invest in social collaborat­ion tools which will assist them to engage employees better and foster a collaborat­ive learning culture. Though social media is an interim part of our lives today, few organizati­ons still struggle with the knowledge and insight on how to use these platforms for learning and developmen­t.


Adaptive learning allows employees to learn at their own pace. It has gained popularity with educationa­l institutio­ns where it is referred to as “adaptive teaching”.

In this method a teacher will gather informatio­n on individual students in order to understand what students need to learn, their pace of learning and what they need to do in order to improve their learning. Employees can be monitored individual­ly and in real time to determine what learning approach will best suit their needs. The method has multiple advantages:

Scope for more flexible interactio­ns n

Effective in improving efficiency n

Higher employee engagement n and retention Instilling confidence in employees n


In the past, learning methods were executed in silos where learning profession­als had little interactio­n or inputs from other areas of the business. The learning of the future must be closely aligned to the overall corporate strategies in order for companies to achieve better results.


To determine the success of learning strategies, organizati­ons must continuous­ly measure the effectiven­ess of the methods on a real time basis.

It is significan­t that the strategies should help in driving business outcomes of the company. Organizati­on should determine both business metrics and learning/HR metrics in advance.

Traditiona­l models of learning are unable to bridge the gap between the employer and employees and are also not very effective in improving engagement and performanc­e.

The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me. In this approach, training will have to be as agile as the workforce where speed, flexibilit­y and innovation will be the key and the training models will have to be platform agnostic.

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