Five learn­ing trends to watch out for in 2018

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - EDUCATION - 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:

IN­CREASED FO­CUS ON ‘MO­BILE-WAY’

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.

USE SO­CIAL ME­DIA

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

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

ALIGN METHOD WITH BUSI­NESS OB­JEC­TIVES

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.

MEA­SURE­MENT OF EF­FEC­TIVE­NESS

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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