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POST-COVID LEARNING TRENDS: QUICK AND EASY TO DIGEST

We have identified five key trends in Learning and Development that need to watched and acted upon by Learning and Development leaders. In this article we are exploring Quick and Easy to Digest.
We have identified five key trends in Learning and Development that need to watched and acted upon by Learning and Development leaders. In this article we are exploring Quick and Easy to Digest.

POST-COVID LEARNING TRENDS: QUICK AND EASY TO DIGEST

At some point in your career, you will probably have been on a multiday or even multiweek residential training course. Did you enjoy it? Did you learn a lot? I know I have loved my lengthy face to face sessions in the past. The main consideration is: Did you go on to embed that learning in the best possible way?  

The Next Generation: Learning

I’m certain you have noticed that in the last 20 years, one of the behavioural changes humans have exhibited is that of disposability. It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, food, relationships, or other area of life. We have largely developed a mindset of disposability. Even an iPhone just a few years old won’t run some current software! As new generations come into the workforce, cultivated by the ability to garner instant information from the web, and used to the short, punchy information offered up on social media platforms, learning must follow suit.  

If we don’t provide learning in the same way that the learner is used to receiving information, then they will not internalise the information in a strong way, or be engaged enough in the learning to challenge their way of thinking or behaving. Our learning delivery must be powerful, punchy, prolific and persistent. Meaning that where previously, one of the watchwords of learning was ‘Immersive’, it must now be ‘Everywhere’.  

Learning Anywhere/Everywhere

When learning is quick and easy to digest, in combination with leveraging tech platforms to support this, we can ensure that learning is everywhere. It will be engaging for the learner as it will be so easy to understand with a perception of no time wasted. The learning message should be reinforced across multiple media outputs such as an article, a podcast, a mini-video, a longer on demand training, or remote video session between team members. One client is even using TikTok to encourage micro learning. 

By way of example, we use our community tech platform to keep a steady but unobtrusive stream of stimulus coming through the learner’s feed, encouraging them to interact with the stimulus through ‘cheers’, comments and uploading their own information. 

Ask The Question
  • What existing tools can you leverage or how can you shorten existing trainings to ensure they are powerful?
  • How can you convert more of your previous face to face sessions to on demand?
  • How can you develop little nuggets of learning?

If you would like to explore more trends in Learning and Development read our article: Post-Covid Learning Trends: How to Create a Culture of Learning in the Next Normal.

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