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The future is very bright for the L&D function – only if we learn how to engage the business to invest in our initiatives, excite our learners about the options available to them, and leverage technology wisely to help embed the learning into the day-to-day.
Vice President, Solution Architect
5 Minute read
6 Juli 2020
In January 2020 at the Consero Corporate Learning & Development Forum, over 45 heads of learning from global organizations met to discuss the question: is the learning function dead in the age of self-service?
After all, with vast content libraries like LinkedIn learning and Coursera easily available, and with millions of “free of charge” learning resources accessible through Google and YouTube… L&D is no longer the single creator of content, nor is it the single delivery provider. What is the primary role of an L&D function in such a content-rich environment, and why should senior management invest in an in-house learning team?
The group of senior learning leaders debated several key questions, and decided that the learning function isn’t dead at all, but rather even more relevant than ever before...
…but only if we act now to evolve beyond “old school” thinking about our roles and responsibilities. We need to:
To shift the perceptions of learning functions we need to be able to convince the key decision-makers of the value (ROI/ROE) L&D functions add to the organization, and demonstrate how our roles are much more than ad hoc training - but essential for employee engagement and development. We need to ensure that we:
Providing employees with a learning platform is no longer enough, alongside the actual content, learners need context and a purpose for them to engage and actively learn. As a function we need to be able to grab our employees' attention and showcase the benefits of learning, not only for the organization, but for the individual. How can we do that?
Investing in modern learning technology that has been developed with the end-user in mind will allow our organizations to offer corporately-aligned learning content in the flow of work. We need to provide employees with relevant learning materials that seamlessly fit into the flow of work via a simple, yet initiative platform that supports self-service learning. We need to ensure that our learning technology:
So let's embrace the evolution of L&D functions and show everyone how we're more than training and development but how we're specialists in brand advocacy, employee empowerment, career development, and content creation/curation.There's a great opportunity here for L&D to grow our roles, our relevance and our futures... let's grab it.