People are any company’s most valuable asset, but it’s easy to lose track of this sometimes. Companies often get so caught up in day-to-day operations and focus on revenues that people development falls by the wayside. In order to stay relevant and keep up with the competition, it is important to take the time to pay attention to the way that learning management is being handled.
Fortunately, the future of learning management seems to be increasingly focused on allowing employees to take control of their own development. It is necessary for companies to put the tools in place so that employees are able to do this, but the pressures of the past are somewhat mitigated by this approach. When employees are able to update their own skills and learn new knowledge relevant to the company and the industry, it can show the seeds for potential success and greatness.
Shift to Mobile Learning
In 2014, mobile surpassed desktops and laptops as the most popular way to access the internet. To improve the way that employees learn, it only makes sense for companies to gravitate to where employees already are. Mobile learning is perfect for quickly teaching new lessons and skills as it is available at all times and does not induce the same kind of stress that more formal approaches to learning do.
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Death of LMS?
Learning Management Systems, or LMS are often integrated with other HR systems, so the declaration that the LMS platform is dead by many companies and vendors seems like bad news. In reality, however, LMS are still alive and well, but have begun to change in order to adapt to the new expectations for mobile accessibility and on-demand learning. By making sure that your company has an up-to-date LMS that allows on demand learning and mobile accessibility, it is possible to extend the usefulness of an LMS.
The Role of MOOCs
Increasingly, companies are using MOOCs, or Massive Online Open Courses, to deliver classroom-style training on a larger scale. MOOCs allow instant communication and interaction, which is good for teaching more intensive or technical lessons that may require more guidance. MOOCs are not right for every company or every lesson, but they can be a valuable tool in certain situations.
Mentor Based Learning
Some companies are beginning to see the merit in using the age-old technique of mentor based learning. Following someone that has been doing the job for a long time and can answer questions and provide guidance on a one-on-one level can be very effective for companies in some industries. Mentor based learning can also be combined with mobile learning or MOOCs to reinforce ideas and lessons.
With the flattening of many organizations comes a new style of learning, which is more collaborative and social than in the past. Employees are gaining new insights from other employees on the same level, managers, and employees from different departments that are enriching the learning experience. This approach can be helpful for providing a fresh perspective, but care must be taken to keep the focus of the lessons in sight.
Authored by: Dave Rietsema