- Blended approaches that meld limited classroom experiences enhanced by online learning
- Experiential learning in the form of simulations
- Microlearning (learning consumed in bursts).
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” –Alvin TofflerLearning in today’s work environment is continuous due to the increased data flow and changes affecting the workplace. Staying on top of required skills and knowledge is all about learning, unlearning, and relearning. By integrating performance support tools in the workplace, organizations can support the “learn, unlearn, and relearn process” in addition to using webinars, and attending conferences and professional organization presentations. This shift in how to maintain an educated professional workforce requires more flexibility on the part of the organization as well as staff. Recently, a group of human resource executives gathered at several workshops sponsored by the Agile Talent Collaborative. The attendees were asked about the composition of the workforce in 5 to 10 years. “In their judgment, full-time permanent employees will account for only 50% of their staff.“ This translates into using more part-time, project-based freelancers to support full-time internal staff. Educating the new worker who is not a permanent employee will also bring further changes to how organizations educate the workforce.
“To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves…It is no longer resources that limit decisions; it is the decision that makes the resources.” – Alvin Toffler, Future ShockIs your organization prepared for the challenges brought on by data availability, technology, and the diverse workforce? If you are wondering how to proceed, here are a few recommendations to help face these challenges:
- Explore Mobile – Mobile has changed the way organizations work, interact, and collaborate. In order to compete in this new world, leveraging mobile for performance improvement and learning can “improve adoption, expand global reach, and engage users better.”
- Understand Social-Even though the use of social media is mainstream at this point, most organizations “lack the knowledge and insight around how to use these tools.”  A good use of social media is to produce micro-blogs to educate workers and drive business outcomes.
- Consider Adaptive Learning-Adaptive learning is an educational method, which uses computers as interactive teaching devices to orchestrate the allocation of human and mediated resources according to the unique needs of each learner. Computers adapt the presentation of educational material to an individual student based on the student’s responses to questions, tasks, and experiences. The technology encompasses aspects derived from various fields of study including computer science, education, psychology, and brain science. Learners learn at their own pace according to their own learning needs.
- Align Learning with Business Objectives-When organizations align learning strategy with business objectives, revenue improves.
- Measure Effectiveness-In the past, learning functions were separate from business functions. Often the metrics used to measure learning were not tied into the metrics for business success. Learning strategy should drive business outcomes. Metrics must be identified in advance to determine the correlation between business outcomes and learning.