Businesses of all shapes and sizes are looking at ways to encourage employees to learn new skills in more flexible and tailored ways. Technology is the key driver accelerating learning and development (L&D) trends in the market place. Here
are five trends to look out for in 2016:

  1. Bite-sized learning – in today’s digital age of the rapid consumption of information, attention spans are short. Learning modules need to adapt to suit the fast-paced world we now live in. We’ve seen that flexible training approaches that can adapt deliver the best results for enterprises, and online learning programmes are ideal for a personalised learning experience.
  2. Mobile Learning – as more jobs move away from the traditional office-based ‘nine-to-five,’ mobile learning is gaining ground. With people working flexible hours across a numbershutterstock_162859964 (1) of locations, working from home or spending a lot of time on the move, the availability of learning programmes on mobile devices means they can do their training at a time and place that suits them.
  3. Access to the world’s best talent – technology transcends borders making learning accessible to more people, regardless of time zone and location. Online and virtual learning environments can provide high-quality content driven by well-qualified teachers and tutors. This can be particularly valuable for language learning, where access to a tutor who is a native speaker of the language, and the opportunity to practice with live interaction, can help build confidence
  4. Gamification – training can pick up some valuable tricks from the gaming world. By emulating some of what make digital games so addictive and using this to create a more gamified user experience, learning companies can try and achieve the same level of engagement gaming providers enjoy with their audience. This approach, known as ‘gamification’ makes use of tools and techniques rooted in an understanding of human behaviour, motivation and engagement.
  5. Languages for business – businesses will continue to recognise the need for language skills to help them be globally competitive. A large majority already realise their importance; in a survey by Rosetta Stone, 79% of businesses said they think language skills are critical for business success.

Donavan Whyte is Vice President, International Enterprise & Education, at Rosetta Stone. He leads the company’s regional institutional divisions in EMEA delivering online language-training solutions to businesses, universities, schools, and public sector organisations.

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