I could say gamification and MOOCs and new technology, but I think that’s a given – that’s all happening anyway.
People are actually seeing now that they’ve got their own little niche skills. Some people are creative. They’ve got certain knowledge. They’ve got certain attributes and abilities that they might be developing outside of their organisation – things that inspire, engage and excite them.
I’ve spoken to many people about this and a lot of them talk about how they can feed that energy back into their own work. How what they are able to do drives their own passion or interest or something that they do outside of work and how they can use it in their work.
And so I’m calling it an awakening.
I’m seeing that there are people out there who are just finally realising that they don’t have to be a cog in the business world just churning out stuff, that they do have skills that can be used. That they do have a variety of very broad networks that could be brought in to solve organisational issues or problems, that they have a voice in their company. And that they are creative beings whose skills could be used in a lot of different ways. Or their knowledge could be used for different projects or different work roles in their organisation.
I know it sounds nebulous like, “what’s going to be big for eLearning in 2016?” but I’m actually seeing that people are having their own “a-ha!” moments all of a sudden and they’re saying, “Right, I have a voice. I can actually help here. I can actually share this piece of work that I’m doing.” And in so doing, they’re finding other areas that they want to explore or get into. It could be creating their own business. It could be exploring a new job. It could be, maybe, moving jobs into a completely new field.
I feel as if people are waking up and it’s actually quite exciting!
I don’t know what the future of L&D holds; whether it will be quite structured or whether it might not, or whether we’ll be around or whether we’ll become redundant. I have no idea. But I just find it exciting that here’s an opportunity now for everyone to make it in their own way and do the things that they want to do.
I think there will be all sorts of different kinds of jobs in the future, we don’t even know what many of them are going to look like, so I think now is the time to start playing and have fun in the exploring.
Helen Blunden, Activate Learning Solutions