2014 saw many changes in the learning and development world. With organisations moving into the digital age it was no surprise to discover that 60% of organisations are now using digital platforms in training delivery. Or that an additional 23% planned to incorporate digital platforms into their training plan according to the Training Industry report.
But in 2015 the barriers to mobile learning could be removed completely, allowing digital platforms to take centre stage. This year, learning will become truly mobile as L&D builds on the workforce’s personal use of mobile technology and begins to fully exploit the potential afforded by improved connectivity. According to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report for 2014, 99.5% of the UK now has 3G coverage with 77% access to the 4G network. By April 2014, 62% of UK adults were using a smartphone and this is expected to hit 75% in the next year- the increase driven by 45 to 74 year olds embracing mobile devices, many for the first time.
Attitudes towards learning technology are changing as employees become increasingly comfortable and confident with digital technology for entertainment and interaction away from the workplace. For many the smartphone is an external brain, assistant and entertainer and an essential means of maintaining a connection to personal networks. The challenge for L&D professionals in 2015 is to harness the potential of this behaviour for professional development at work.
In 2015 more organisations than ever will move to an external Learning Content Access Platform or Learning Management System to get all the benefits a cloud based solution allows including secure access, curated content, learner analytics, social streams, virtual training rooms and flexible assessment. Instead of purchasing individual learning packages they will switch to a subscription model which provides a truly cost-effective method of managing and delivering online learning, which is exactly what our vLearning platform offers.
Through this platform, organisations are able to guide people towards learning but at the same time trust their employees to identify their own learning needs and select the appropriate learning content at the time they want it. A good platform facilitates this process with assessment tests, custom learning experiences and comprehensive management reporting.
2015 and beyond will bring changes to the L&D sector that we can hardly imagine. The question to ask is ‘are you one of the 73% of organisations heading into the digital age?’ Whether you are there already, ready to make the move or undecided, our previous blog ‘vLearning: Learning in the Digital Age’ is a great introduction to what is on offer.
Ready to take the step into 2015 and beyond? Contact us now to discuss the benefits of digital learning and how we can help you.
Nigel Walpole, MD, Bray Leino Learning
In my series of blogs I’ll talk through my thoughts on some of the key issues facing managers in the workplace - lessons learnt, tips for success and general musings.
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