Anyone who’s suffered through this harsh winter can attest to the importance of having the right tools for the job. Snow shovels may be considered very basic, but when you’re facing six inches of the white stuff on your driveway, nothing else will do – except perhaps the latest snow blower. The same can be said for training delivery tools. The right delivery technique, software, or forum can make all the difference when learning leaders are deciding how and where to spend training dollars.
This edition of Learning Insights focuses on the evolution of training delivery and how real-world challenges are being met by frontline leaders. TrainingPros regularly confers with international learning leaders and our own company’s thought leaders to bring you the latest information. Whether at our ASTD 2014 ICE booth and partnership with Business RadioX or through our other industry trend communications, we want to include your experiences. Let us hear from you.
The Evolution of Training Delivery
As the landscape of technology continues to change, so do the opportunities available for training delivery methods. Learning and Development (L&D) professionals must learn how to present the same ideas in new, effective ways for the changing demographics and expectations of employees, both domestic and abroad.
Transitioning from what worked for years into new methods to encourage participation and learning may be challenging. What are companies and organizations doing to meet this challenge head on and succeed?
Like many of you who have been working in this industry a long time, I’ve seen new and exciting training delivery methods evolve over the years. First, we had the rush to computer-based training (CBT). Then we moved to web-based training (WBT) and the rise of synchronous and asynchronous learning events. Then, thank goodness, we moved to the concept of blended learning and the understanding that everything cannot be “online.” Now of course we have mLearning as well as exciting advances in knowledge management systems. I’ve been part of the training delivery evolution from the position of an instructional designer and change management consultant, an internal Learning Services Director, and now as a service provider to my clients.
There are two things I fundamentally believe about training delivery methods today. First and most obviously, we are living in an incredibly interesting time of technology innovation. The creative ideas of 20 years ago that bring learning, performance, and the work place together are becoming more and more possible because of technology. It’s simply easier and less expensive to deploy training using different media and technology platforms. Secondly, there will always be a need for instructor-led or “face to face” learning events. The design of these events will continue to evolve using methods such as “goal-based” learning or the “flipped” classroom. However, I think there will always be valid reasons to bring people together for the purposes of learning, especially in the area of leadership development.
Mark your calendars for these L&D events taking place in the 2nd quarter 2014:
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Is ILT Going the Way of the Rotary Phone? The short answer is no. Instructor-led training (ILT) is here to stay but less and less it will be the training strategy of choice. We will continue to employ face-to-face classroom experiences for smaller audiences where the interplay among the students and with the instructor is critical to the success of the learning experience. However, ILT is now one of a smorgasbord of learning strategies available to L&D organizations. Ten years ago learning delivery options included ILT, web-based training (WBT) and on-the-job training (OJT). Audience size and location were the primary drivers determining which strategy was selected -- large distributed audiences got WBT, smaller local audiences get ILT or OJT, etc. Now, due to new technologies and innovative ideas in the design of learning methods, there is a diner-like menu of training methods available for learning organizations, including: MOOCs, mobile learning, learning bursts, ILT, OJT, Webinars, podcasts, inside-the-firewalls social media collaboration platforms, Google-like EPSS and more. Further complicating the selection of delivery methods is the new layer of criteria organizations now have to consider when determining which methods are most appropriate, including: learning preferences for Millennials v Gen Xers v Gen Yers, corporate culture, regulatory environment (HIPAA), globalization requirements (localization for culture and language), technology infrastructure, audience size, audience turnover and more.
What are the implications of having more learning delivery options available to us and the plethora of organizational drivers impacting which strategies should be employed by an organization?
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