8 Binge-worthy, Must-watch Learning Trends this Fall

must-see learning trendsIt’s fall, and our favorite TV shows are back! Cliffhangers, romance, laughs, drama: fall TV is all about giving you stories to enjoy from your couch while the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter. Well, guess what: remote learning can do that for you, too! Yes, all the learning you need from the comfort of your couch.

What must-watch trends are happening in the learning world this season? There’s a lot on the schedule, so curl up somewhere comfy with a snack and a beverage, grab your favorite lap blanket, and tune in for the most-anticipated, not-to-be-missed learning trends this season.

Here’s the hotlist for “Must-see L&D:”

Game of Phones: Think the fact that your learning management system is available on desktops is enough? You know nothing, Jon Snow. Your learners have already been training remotely for over a year, logging in from their own castles and keeps from across the sea, and from north of the wall, but that’s not enough. Most learners have their phones on them at all times, and most people have smartphones — roughly 71% of the global population. Despite this, many learning organizations aren’t mobile-ready; according to data from Brandon Hall Research Group, less than one third of the companies they surveyed have a mobile strategy, while almost a quarter of companies don’t plan to create a mobile strategy at all. Many of those that do only offer limited learning via mobile –  27% of companies offer some learning through apps, web pages, or portals, while 36% offer content through mobile browsers. Sometimes that content, however, is limited. That’s not good enough for mobile learners. You want to be able to deliver learning to them wherever they are, not send a raven to tell them to get to the nearest computer.

Succession: Today’s learners are driven. Gen Z has entered the workplace and they’re interested in career growth, according to LinkedIn’s latest Workplace Learning Report. This is an excellent match for many companies’ needs because internal mobility, according to the same report, is a priority for many organizations post-COVID. By providing your employees (especially your younger ones) with the leadership training they need, you’ll hopefully be able to make their eventual succession easier.

The Rookie: Learning new skills is hard, especially if you’ve been doing the same job for a long time. In fact, reskilling some of your existing employees may have them feeling like the oldest rookie in their fields — but they aren’t alone. The last year has shown us that many organizations want to keep their current employees, but they also may need to shuffle roles. This may mean that some of your most seasoned personnel are getting retrained for new roles, which can be a bit uncomfortable for established players. But don’t worry — they’ve got this.

Laws and Order: Regulatory Compliance: In the legal system, the people are protected by two separate yet equally important groups of standards: laws, which your company must obey, and regulations, which govern your industry. For your company to remain in compliance, your employees must know their stories.  Compliance training — is it your favorite topic? Probably not, but learners don’t mind it — as long as it’s delivered in a preferred modality. According to Training Industry’s  2021 Learner Preference Report, many learners prefer to take compliance courses online. DUN-DUN.

Breaking Good: Knock, knock: it’s time for some social skills training. Not every employee comes to the job with great social skills, or soft skills. Soft skills are skills like good communication, phone etiquette, and the ability to make good choices, among others. Some people may feel more socially awkward than usual after spending so many months stuck in our own homes, so it’s important to help your employees break good by offering soft skills training.

The Real World: This one is an oldie, but sometimes your learners prefer the old way of doing things: learning from an instructor, live. Of course, today’s instructor-led-training (ILT) has its own twist on this classic — Virtual Instructor Led-Training (VILT) is conducted live, but remotely. It’s the perfect antidote to learners who are suffering from self-paced course fatigue. So find out what happens when people stop being self-paced, and start getting real.

(Un)Arrested Development: Listen, sometimes we all get stuck in a rut. We fall back on one method of instruction, get used to a specific library of content, or stick with the learning methods we believe are tried and true. But we can’t keep frying the same cornballs over and over, so to speak; we’re sure to get burned. Time to take a fresh approach and reassess what isn’t working anymore. Organizations that innovated last year are continuing to move forward and make changes to their remote learning. Now, after all the recent pandemic-driven upheavals, they know what works and what need to be tweaked in order to thrive. (And if that doesn’t work, there’s always money in the banana stand).

The Plandalorian: Not every person follows the same path – that’s as true for your learners as it is for adventurers in a galaxy far, far away. For this reason, it’s important to create learning pathways for people, based on both their current learning needs and their career plans. Then you can point them toward the learning modules that are best for them and tell them “this is the way.”