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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Chances Are, You're Not Prepared for Learners of the Future

Photo: Maria Ho
Maria Ho, research manager for the Association for Talent Development inform, "In a mere five years, learning will look dramatically different from what it looks like today, and organizational L&D functions aren’t prepared to meet the needs of tomorrow’s learners."

Those are among the key findings of ATD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) newly released research report, Learners of the Future: Taking Action Today to Prevent Tomorrow’s Talent Crisis.

What Will Learning Look Like in 2020? 

We Can’t Really Imagine Learning in 2020
ATD and i4cp surveyed 405 learning professionals, and a robust 59 percent agreed that learning in 2020 will take place in ways that we can’t imagine today. However, some of the factors that learning professionals believe will have a greater influence on learning in five years are blended delivery methods (which combine the traditional classroom with technology-based learning) and experiential learning (for example, simulations).

Learning Isn’t Prepared for the Future
Alarmingly, a mere 38 percent of those surveyed believed that their organizational learning functions would be ready to meet learners’ needs five years from now. Even more concerning, most learning functions aren’t currently taking steps to correct this situation. A minority of learning functions are trying to understand and prepare for changes in the ways workers learn, and less than a third of respondents described their learning functions as leaders in leveraging new technologies to help achieve learning goals.

What Can L&D Function Do About the Coming Crisis?
ATD and i4cp interviewed several leaders of learning functions that are actively imagining, and preparing for, the future. Learning professionals at these organizations mentioned that their teams are trained in evolving technologies and also stay current on trends

The resulting report, Learners of the Future, presents actions you can take today to prevent tomorrow's talent crisis. 

The full report is available for purchase at Members can download a free whitepaper version of the report.

Source: Association for Talent Development  (ATD) and Human Capital (Blog)