Effective learning: transform your learning journey
Make effective learning a priority in your organisation. The implementation of learning, and learning itself, is a journey. The first step of the journey is to understand how people want to learn in the workplace today, in your organisation in particular, and how learning systems should empower and support modern learners.
Unleash the potential of your people
L&D departments have long been frustrated in their desire to unleash the potential of their organisation. For many, the end goal is to achieve a dynamic learning organisation that is agile and capable of adapting to the changing business landscape. However, this is an ongoing journey with L&D teams working to increase their peoples' engagement and skills. This is because the workplace, and the way in which people learn is rapidly changing, and often, L&D departments cannot keep up with its learners’ needs.
Learners expect a more engaging, personalised and continuous learning experience that mirrors how they learn in their everyday lives. Therefore, it is imperative that your LMS provides this experience. Learners often find their experience of using LMS frustrating and cumbersome, leading to rejection of use. 91% of staff like to learn at their own pace ; to be chased to undertake learning is seen as patronising and leads to a negative relationship with L&D teams. 83% of employees are seeking opportunities to gain new skills in the workplace ; the desire to learn is there – L&D teams simply need to engage with employees to unleash this desire.
How can my organisation become more successful at unlocking learner potential?
Learning is at its most effective when an organisation recognises how people want to learn in the modern world, and then tailors its learning strategy for these preferences in alignment with key business objectives.
Speed has become a crucial factor for business and learning success. With information available at the touch of a button, and 80% of learners using Google or other web search resources to do their job , modern learners want fast and easy access to content. If your LMS cannot provide this, your organisation will struggle to upskill its workforce effectively. Organisations that proactively understand how their staff want to learn have proved themselves to be more successful at cultivating agility – and with 95% of organisations wanting to respond faster to the speed of business , this is something that is often lacking.
The L&D industry has debated the pros and cons of classroom versus online learning. While both have their merits, a formal training landscape is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of today’s learners. Instead, a blended, holistic approach to learning is proving more successful when adjusted to your organisation’s individual needs.
Learners are more self-directed than ever and want collaborative learning solutions that blend social and informal learning with more formal techniques – 82% of learners find general conversations and meeting people essential . As a result, the design and use of learning management systems needs to change or face becoming redundant. 66% of employees rate e-learning courses as essential or very useful, and 47% rate classroom courses as essential or very useful  – these percentages do not differ hugely, showing the split in necessities for a blended approach.
Simply delivering training initiatives is not enough. Top performing learning organisations are now using their LMS to support workplace learning as a whole. By simply delivering learning, a culture of course production and learning enforcement has been bred. However, savvy learning managers recognise that modern LMSs can empower learners to make learning choices, collaborate, and enable 24/7 learning on demand, resulting in improved engagement and a more blended and continuous learning journey. With 61% of learners wanting to be able to learn on-the-go , this can easily be catered to with a responsive LMS.
Culture begins at home
Despite emerging technologies promising to add something innovative to the learning mix, there is no such a thing as a perfect blend. Engagement and ROI will continue to challenge L&D leaders. However, by asking, ‘how do people really want to learn today?’ and investing in the right technology systems to support rather than manage busy learners, organisations give themselves the opportunity to provide the most effective learning.
 Towards Maturity, The Consumer Learner at Work Report, 2016