Fusion 2018: Learner-Centric Learning for the Future of Work

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At this year’s D2L conference, L&D pros discussed how to put employees at the center of workplace learning.

There was one corporate learning theme that stood out above all others at D2L’s Fusion 2018 conference: the need to make workplace learning learner-centric. With the disruptive forces increasingly upending the workplace, quickly changing the kinds of skill sets that will be required to succeed in the future of work, today’s organizations need to be able to effectively train and retrain the right talent.

 

That means tailoring learning and development to the needs and preferences of the modern learner while also aligning learning with key organizational objectives in order to ensure solid learning outcomes.

The corporate learning and development professionals who congregated in Houston, Texas to attend Fusion 2018 shared a number of different ways that they’re working with D2L to do just that.

Some talked about how leveraging dashboards that allow learners to see where they stand and self-regulate their learning can help them improve their learning outcomes by enabling them to assess their own progress.

 

 

Others pointed out how meeting just-in-time business demands and the expectations of modern learners means being able to deploy learning rapidly and at scale, and that providing quality content powered by internal subject matter expertise is key.

 

 

Attendees also addressed the importance of making learning experiences accessible, easy to use and intuitive, and talked about the importance of meeting the needs of modern learners at all levels.

 

 

And finally, all attendees agreed that encouraging employees to be lifelong learners is key!

 

 

At the end of the day, all these different approaches coalesced into four important strategies organizations should employ to ensure they’re putting employees are front-and-center when comes to workplace learning.

 

  1. Know your learners and how they learn.
  2. Personalize their learning; it’s about providing choice.
  3. Provide learning just in time, at scale, and make it mobile-enabled.
  4. Make workplace learning engaging.

Combined, these four strategies will not only help organizations make workplace learning learner-centric but also help them effectively train and retrain the right talent.

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