Technology in Training: The Trends You Won’t Want to Miss
As many institutions and organisations will know, much of your success can be attributed to the quality of your employees. Global business leaders have long advocated the benefits of increased employee engagement. They recognise the value of a team that feels supported and part of the company’s development. In a time when changing jobs is much easier, high staff retention is a sign of good business performance. One way in which organisations can facilitate this is to improve the quality an amount of training they offer. Investing in good training can result in better employee development and therefore performance and efficiency. In 2021, one way to accomplish this is to embrace the role of technology in training. By educating yourself on how technology is changing and improving training techniques and outcomes, you can ensure your investment will have better returns. Here is a glimpse at some of the great technology in training trends you will definitely want to check out.
Online Up Front
The realities of the workplace post-pandemic have made our online and digital worlds even more prevalent. With many companies still allowing remote working or connecting with freelancers handling outsourced requirements, the role of virtual communication is essential. The same is also true for training. As 2021 melts into 2022, digital and online training is becoming a highly effective tool in engaging employees, expanding their skills and keeping them up to date with necessary internal and industry developments. Virtual learning is adaptable, convenience and seemingly limitless, giving individuals access to a vast array of resources and knowledge that can be game-changing. In the US, there has been a huge jump amongst medical professionals in terms of their usage of additional online training with tools like Figure1. By exploring relevant online resources and virtual assets, you can provide your employees with tailored training that enhances their capacity to learn, retain and put new skills into practice that will greatly benefit the company in the long-term.
A New (Virtual) World
Moving forward it is likely that we will see even more examples of artificial intelligence and virtual reality being used to improve training techniques. These two elements have been key attributes of improving technology in training in recent times and it is an evolution that will definitely continue. AI is incredibly useful in the development of process-based automation, personalizing learning experiences and increasing the efficiency of workplace resource allocation. Virtual reality can be invaluable when it comes to training in high-risk or high-cost skills development, airlines have used it for years, but it can also be used to improve consumer experiences and facilitate more effective virtual connections when in-person meetings aren’t possible.
The Way We Learn
One of the main benefits of more technology in training is the way in which it allows for more flexible methodologies of learning. Studies have consistently shown that individuals respond better to training when not faced with a ‘one-size-fits-all-approach’. When companies can use technology to personalise training and embrace adaptive learning, they can provide a more tailored platform for professional development that will heighten the chance for lasting retention and successful implementation.
Size Does Matter
Recently there has been a significant uptake in the number of organisations interested in microlearning experiences. The goal of this concept is to provide bite-sized, trackable training that utilise different technology formats, including gamification, to improve knowledge and performance. A series of platforms are now available, in addition to training programmes that encompass element of this in their courses. These can be seamlessly rolled out for companies and help them offer digestible training for their employees and easily track their results, giving them excellent analytical data. It can also be highly useful in continuous learning scenarios and for ensuring that long-term employees stay up to date on required skills and cognizant of ingrained practices.
Bringing the Fun
Finally, two elements that are certain to shape the way we learn and training moving forward are gamification and video-based learning. Gamification is specifically designed to increase an individual’s engagement and enjoyment of their training environment, providing instant rewards and feedback that fuels enthusiasm and drives connection with the materials. Video-based training helps to foster human connections with the material and pairs excellently with collaborative learning when offered in an interactive way.
The key with improving the role of technology in training is to increase the quality of its outcome and effectiveness. To get the most out of our investment in training we need to ensure that we opt for the right approach for our team, our company, our industry and our goals. Agility and thoughtfulness can play a significant role in how well internal training can impact the bottom line, which is definitely a worthwhile investment.
At TELLAL we know all about training and how to get the best value from your investment. If you would like to speak to our team about your training needs you can get in touch today via [email protected] if you have any questions at all.