Which learning trends will you be adopting in 2017?

trendsThe end of one year and the start of another has us thinking on what’s past and what lies ahead.

Personally, I love that time of year when I can take stock, reflect, learn, declutter, re-think, plan, re-energise and dive in. (My husband on the other hand is not so keen as he knows that once December hits he’s in for several weeks of trips to the dump, window washing and other associated de-cluttering/spring cleaning activities!)

The other thing I love about a new year is reading and listening to other people’s ideas about what’s next for our industry, the modern workplace and the future of work in general.

What I find most interesting though, is that while there are learning trends that have been predicted as “the next big thing” for a number of years, there is still a significant lack of implementation in many mainstream businesses.

So what’s stopping us?

I think there are three main reasons:

  1. We have a tendency to over-think things in this industry and are often looking for proven, polished solutions rather than trying new things.
  2. Many of the organisations we work for are big clunky machines which take time to adapt to change – and are sometimes hindered by lack of buy-in to a culture of learning.
  3. As learning professionals, we’re scared to step out of our comfort zone.

Whatever the reason for inaction, why not make 2017 the year you do something different?

This is, after all, the year of the Fire Rooster – “carpe diem” I say!

Making a change for learning in your organisation does not have to involve ditching all your existing programs and starting again. Nor does it have to involve significant time or budget.

For example, you could:

  • try working out loud within your team or with peers external to your business.
  • experiment with a content curation tool like ScoopIt to keep sales teams up to date with industry news and trends to support them in conversations with clients
  • use a free app like Kahoot to introduce an element of mobile into your workshops
  • use (well designed) PowerPoint with hyperlinks, audio and animation to create your first 10 minute eLearning micro-learning module
  • research free virtual reality and augmented reality apps to see if you could incorporate them into your existing programs.

Below are eleven great articles, reports and webinars talking about learning trends and predictions for 2017 and beyond. Please note that some of the reports require an email address to access – but it’s worth it for the information you get.

Consume one of them or all of them – it’s up to you.

Then take one idea, one insight, one tiny thing that inspires you out of all that content …

…and just do it.

2016 Year End Webinar – Learning Café

Unlocking Potential: 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report – Towards Maturity

Top Learning Trends for 2017 (according to the experts) – Axonify

7 eLearning Design Trends for 2017 – eLearning Brothers

The L&D Global Sentiment Survey 2017 – Donald Taylor

2016 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning – Karl Kapp

Seven 2017 Learning Trends: Novel or Norm? – Bottom Line Performance

2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve – Web Courseworks

5 Workplace Learning Trends and 5 Predictions for 2017 – Udemy

eLearning Market Trends & Forecast 2017 – 2021 – Docebo

Top 10 Trends for Digital Transformation in 2017 – Forbes



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