Learning & Development

Shaping the future

Learning and Development

May 17, 2019

In order to successful shape the future, we need to shape the learning.

  • Mix ‘n’ Match Learning

Every course has a certain set of objectives – things a learner should be able to do after completing the programme. At the moment, all learners are expected to sit through the same course, but in the future, we reckon that everyone’s journey will be very different.

Using a combination of learning tools and solutions, learners will be able to choose the right mix for them…

Similar to the personalised learning experience, we predict learners will be able to choose the learning tools and methods that work for them specifically, using different devices, programs and techniques based on their own preference. Prefer to learn on your own or with other people? No problem. Prefer more practical exercises or more theory? That’s fine too. Using a combination of learning tools and solutions, learners will be able to choose the right mix for them and still achieve the same required learning goals.

 

  • Tests and exams

Tests. Exams. Assessments. The words alone make most people shudder, or at the very least, nervous, usually because there’s a fear of ‘blowing it all’ in the final exam. However, we think that continuous assessment throughout the course will become the norm rather than a single pass/fail quiz at the end.

Many argue that exams require students to cram their learning, without retaining what they’ve learned.

Turning to ‘how’ that assessment gets done, we’re going to see a shift away from the traditional multiple choice assessment and greater use of technologies like Extended Reality (you know, Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality stuff we covered in our extended reality blog virg.in/URz ) and game-based learning to package the assessment experience.

By measuring a learner’s factual knowledge throughout their training, we can assess how well they can apply this when they’re out performing their role (which is actually a better place to do that).

 

  • The rise of Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are like mini-degrees or certifications in a specific subject area. Once you can demonstrate that skill, a ‘badge’ certifying that micro-credential becomes part of your personal digital file (sometimes referred to as a ‘learning backpack’).

Micro-credentials aren’t new; they already exist in schools and colleges in the forms of nano-degrees, web badges and so on. But as the workplace begins to value ‘what you can do’ more than ‘what qualifications you’ve completed’, we think this model will begin to influence how we structure our learning programmes.

The beauty of micro-credentials is the sheer amount of flexibility it will offer our future learners. Instead of beginning a rigidly designed course that locks learners into a career pathway, learners will be able to build a wide range of skills which go beyond their core role. Technology will enable us to choose how and what we want to study, whilst human facilitators and AI can make learning recommendations that will help learners shape their future career path.

  • Learners (finally) get ownership

Historically speaking, learning can be something that was done ‘to’ learners, completing the studies, but having no real ‘say’ in what is learned. It could be very ‘top down’. That’s going to change.

Creating learning programmes in the future that are relevant and effective can only happen when professionals and their learners are both involved. Feedback and input from learners on the content and durability of their courses is vital if these learning experiences are going to deliver what they’re supposed to. This is where tech comes in – being able to gather greater feedback in a fast and effective manner will help shape learning for the better.

So we’ve reached the end of Learning at Work Week (sadface), but the future for learning is bright. When you see some of the things we’ve explored this week actually happen, you can put on a smug face and say, ‘Oh yes, I remember hearing about this years ago’. And everyone will think you’re amazing*.

*Learning & Development cannot guarantee this.

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