Trends in Learning That Will Make a Difference


Brandon Hall, Ph.D., CEO of Brandon Hall Research, captures what’s next in learning and development in an article Learning Trends Here Today and Tomorrow. Here are some highlights that will WOW you:


Big Data: Big data will impact learning in several areas: program instruction, personalization and the ability for engines like or Netflix to track preferences in learning.

Mobile: As we all know, mobile will be everywhere. Today and in the future this will drive our ability to access knowledge all the time.

Social: “Social learning occurs in ways we never imagined,” said Hall. This creates new ways to exchange and share knowledge, and opens doors to rethink and reimage our approaches to learning, delivery and access.

Design: Design-centered thinking changes the approach to problem solving and what the end user is demanding or needing.

Learning, Talent and HR: We are already seeing change in these functions. According to Hall, “The learning function will change, with fewer standard learning programs, more experiences and mentoring, more performance consulting and more culture change initiatives.”

“The Internet of Everything”: This is a fairly new concept but one that we will continue to hear about. Kelly Lake, learning and performance strategist at custom learning company Aptara, speaks about digital expansion for learning — the connection of all digital devices at work to support learning and performance.

At WOW, we’re watching these trends — and you should, too.


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