Our brand new eBook, ‘The busy L&D professional’s guide to digital learning’, publishes today. Read on for an exclusive extract, and don’t forget to download your free copy!
Digital learning in an uncertain era
The world of work is changing rapidly. In the midst of this so-called ‘fourth industrial revolution’, we find ourselves facing unprecedented shifts and disruptions.
Digital technology is taking centre stage. Automation, artificial intelligence, blockchain – wherever we look, we are becoming surrounded by a wave of new influences and approaches that are starting to change the way we work.
And this ‘digital transformation’ is only going to accelerate in the coming years. In this uncertain climate, the onus is on business leaders to invest adequate time, budget and resources in technology to stay ahead of the curve.
The World Economic Forum predicts that, by 2022, 54% of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling, as the skills needed to perform most jobs will have shifted significantly. Employees need to be equipped to handle new technologies, supported by soft skills like resilience, problem solving and flexibility. Fail to do this, and they risk being left behind as skills gaps emerge that begin to harm long-term business performance.
Why L&D is pivotal
To put it simply, people are at the heart of successful digital transformation.
This is, therefore, a critical time for L&D. As organisational cultures, processes and consumer experiences transform, we must be seen as a source of support for stakeholders and learners alike, becoming valued business partners capable of navigating our people through choppy waters.
Turning to digital learning is a crucial way of achieving this.
It’s no coincidence that organisations at the top of Towards Maturity’s Transformation Curve (the ‘top deck’) have a digitally enabled, connected culture.
Best thought of as a way of learning rather than any single type of learning (to borrow Josh Bersin’s definition), digital learning offers enormous potential when used in the right way.
Whether it’s delivering complex product training, revitalising technical compliance training, or equipping employees with the soft skills to handle rapidly changing demands at short notice, digital learning can be your learning lifeline.
It could be creating microlearning modules, refresher tips, polls or questionnaires through an app, cultivating online communities to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration, or using data to generate new insights.
By becoming digitally confident and aware of how learning technologies can support transformation initiatives, L&D professionals like you can start to develop digital learning solutions that are scalable, adaptable, and closely aligned with the needs of the business.
Achieve this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a valued business partner, ready to prepare your organisation for continuing transformation.
That’s why I’m so excited to share our shiny new eBook with you. Inside, we take a digital learning ‘deep dive’ to show you why it’s fundamental to L&D at this time of unprecedented change and to offer some tips to help you make the most of it.
Stephanie Morgan FLPI, Director of Learning Solutions, Bray Leino Learning
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