Working in an ever-changing environment calls for ever-changing training programs, and organizations must adapt their training programs and strategies to the current requirements of the business environment and of the ever-evolving technology. Who would have thought that there would come a time when face-to-face training programs are almost entirely replaced by virtual training? The organizations have to adapt, the trainers have to learn new ways of delivering their content in an engaging way, and employees need to learn how to make the most of their learning opportunities, even in a remote environment.
And that’s not all. 2023 is almost here, and with a new year, new training trends come. Let’s see what we should expect.
Delivering a training program to your employees is great. A great start, actually. But no matter how engaging and interactive that training might be, the reality is that they are unlikely to retain everything on a long-term basis. The learning curve is a reality, and “without reviewing or reinforcing our learning, our ability to retain the information plummets; for example, you may leave a webinar or meeting with your head full of new facts and figures, only to find that you can remember very little of it just hours later” (source).
This calls for a continuous learning culture, where people can have access to learning materials even after the training program is over. Another good practice would be to have a timeslot of one-two hours a week in which learners can ask the trainers questions and clarifications even after the training is over. Of course, this cannot happen on an indefinite basis, but at least for a short period of time when employees are likely to try to put the knowledge into practice.
Adaptive learning is an approach that customize the learning experience to each student’s specific needs, ensuring that each individual receives the skills and knowledge which are needed to perform one’s work effectively and to be able to quickly respond to any change that might come. Also, according to an article written by the eLearning industry, adaptive learning has a variety of benefits, such as a greater time efficiency, fostering a confidence-based approach to learning, creating individualized learning paths, and providing focused remediation. You should give it a try in 2023 and see how it shapes your learning efforts.
When you deliver training programs remotely, you should not underestimate the power of connectivity. According to a Gartner research written this year, “the organizations that succeed at connecting employees to their culture can increase employee performance by up to 37% and retention by up to 36%”, highlighting the importance of peer-to-peer learning opportunities and collaborative learning.
If you can still deliver training programs in a face-to-face environment, that’s great, but you might try to combine this approach with eLearning, as blended learning is proven to be a highly effective teaching approach. Learners can gain knowledge during classes and they can improve their understanding of the material independently at home, using the available learning resources uploaded in an eLearning platform.
Also, microlearning, even if it is not a novelty bright by 2023, seems that it’s here to stay, as people want to learn quickly, accessing small bursts of information, and increasing the knowledge retention by not trying to gain much new information at once.
We should all be involved in some sort of learning activities that respond to our learning needs, no matter our profession or role in an organization. Learning never hurt anyone, right?
So, to wrap-it-up, 2023 is likely to come with changes, but it will also keep encouraging some of the methods used this year. Keep your mind open for challenges, invest in learning opportunities and make sure they fit your organization’s needs.
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