Corporations and their learning organizations are changing in response to their new understanding of the needs of the modern corporate learner, and the technology options available to meet those needs. Here's a quick roundup of some recent insightful articles examining the state of corporate learning, what's at stake, and the best paths forward for corporate L&D's future as organizations work to bridge the skills gap that business leaders see as one of the biggest threats to success (Pricewaterhouse Coopers).
"Learning at the Speed of Business" by McKinsey & Company's Richard Benson-Armer, Arne Gast, and Nick van Dam.
In "Learning at the Speed of Business: What Digital Means for the Next Generation of Corporate Academies," Benson-Armer, Gast, and van Dam explore the results of McKinsey's recent L&D survey and benchmarking. They discuss what's worrying L&D leaders, explain how critical solving the deficiencies in current corporate learning practices is, and share their insights about where the opportunities for best enabling "learning at the speed of business" lie.
As an executive at one leading global company noted, investing in modern learning-and-development platforms is so fundamental that it transcends simple metrics—akin to building a house and then trying to measure the ROI of the plumbing. Despite the ability of digital platforms to make the collection, analysis, and scoring of data more sophisticated, the full measure of impact can’t be captured to the decimal.
"The State of Enterprise Education: Why Learning is a Top Priority for Staying Relevant", an article by Jeff Whatcott on OpenView Labs' website, ties together the trends that are "forcing enterprises to rethink how they develop talent and why current infrastructure won’t cut it" within the overall modern business landscape of fast-rising new companies and fast-disappearing old ones, decoupled productivity and employment, and the specter of robots and automation.
[Academic MOOCs] blogs, podcasts, articles, research reports, videos, and other content mediums [are] where people go to learn throughout the day. These are fantastic resources, but what we have are individuals going out to learn on their own and not bringing back that expertise to their teams. Companies have realized this trend and see it as a huge opportunity. Everyone has a passion and ability to mentor or act as a teacher. Leaders in talent development, like Google, have recognized this and focus on democratizing learning — 90% of training is delivered by peers. Education in the enterprise can no longer be 100% centralized.
The new Corporate Training Landscape 2016 graphic from Training Industry, a sampling of the leaders in specific business topics and learning modalities, both traditional and tech-enabled:
And in Training Magazine's "Companies Make New Learning Technologies a Top Priority", David Wentworth of Brandon Hall digs into the responses of Brandon Hall's 2016 Learning Technology Study and offers insights into their top 5 findings:
1. Social and mobile technologies are the biggest priorities.
2. User experience is critical.
3. Integration is becoming more important.
4. Learning technology satisfaction lags.
5. KPIs improve significantly after technology implementation.
Read the rest of "Companies Make New Learning Technologies a Top Priority".