The Big Question: What will Workplace Learning Technology Look Like in 2015?

The May big question is; What will workplace learning technology look like in 2015?

As much as I’d like things to move faster, I’ve found that leading change in the real world takes lots of time, empathy  and patience.  The following list is a combination of pragmatic suggestions (perhaps some are wishes!) based on my reality of working in organisations over a number of years.

There is a mainstreaming of much of the under the wire activity that is happening at the moment

Mobile learning is becoming the norm in line with increasing flexible working

Performance and outcomes become even bigger drivers in L&D and OD

More L&D professionals and departments merge with OD and rebrand themselves as business partners, performance specialists and business consultants.

The LMS is dying (but not dead!)

There is more acceptance in organisations of the need to offer flexibility and choice to learners. The pressure of PULL is taking hold

More value is placed on user generated content and awarding bodies enable this to be included in qualification routes

Social media is embedded and widely used in many organisation

There is a rise in shared HR services and this helps to drive the wider use of technology to enhance learning and performance

Face to face workshops are still offered as part of a blended solution

Wider organisational talent is harnessed and there is more collaborative working between managers and L&D business partners to find innovative solutions to business challenges

The sunshine comes out from behind the clouds but data security is still a big issue

Online performance coaching is the norm

Coaches and coachees embrace the use of informal mentors (via social media) to enhance the coaching experience

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Social Media Revolution 2

Here’s a link to the updated socialnomics video.

A few stats mentioned;

Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30-years-old

96% of them have joined a social network

Years to Reach 50 millions Users:  Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…

2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction

Social Media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate

The ROI of social media is that your business will still exist in 5 years

Web 3.0 The video

An interesting perspective from Kate Ray on Web 3.0.

The video highlights the challenges of information overload, search, the need for structure, filtering and keeping up to date.

Some highlights that caught my attention were;

Does the world make sense or do we make sense of the world?

Web 3.0 is all about relationships between people and information to give context and meaning

The future of web 3.0 is about evolution, revolution, systems that reason and we can’t imagine what will happen in the future