Increasingly, L&D is moving towards personalised, recommended and shared content.
Jeremy Auger, D2L’s Chief Strategy Officer, believes that learning technologies’ next big trend will be continuing professional development (CPD) through learning experiences custom-fitted to each individual. He says, “These pathways take into consideration each learner’s strengths and weaknesses, to truly tailor the experience. In addition, today’s learners crave continuous feedback, not only from their managers, but from peers and subject matter experts. Using learning technologies can improve the delivery of timely and meaningful feedback.”
Auger comments that the development of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML), 5G wireless and cloud technologies are driving more personalizd learning experiences. In turn, this is changing future skill requirements. He says, “Disruptive technologies mean the half-life of certain skills will shorten. They may no longer be in demand, nor applicable.”
Believing that blockchain plays an important role in a shifting skills landscape, O’Reilly’s Chief Learning Experience Officer, Karen Hebert-Maccaro, says, “Blockchain’s potential for secure, transferable, non-alterable record keeping will help create an interoperable ‘transcript’ that can follow a learner across organisations and stages of life. This will create a space where credentials, upskilling and reskilling efforts can be accessed and verified – benefitting the organisation and, simultaneously, the individual.”
Additional technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are important in personalized learning, delivering an immersive experience that’s both common and unique to every user.