It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

edsurge | February 27, 2020

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. Supported by foundation funding leaders in this field shaped what has now become Every Learner Everywhere, a network of accomplished individuals and organizations that work together as partners to drive increases in digital technology implementations, provide advice and training, and develop resources for the higher education community at large. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape. The first goal was to create an environmental scan of the digital learning environment in higher education with a focus on adaptive technology. To accomplish this task, OLC partnered with Dr. Tanya Joosten of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to lead the research project with her team at the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA).

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Most training and learning efforts are based on a collection of competencies, supported by a curriculum and catalogue that gets scheduled on calendar-based interest and availability. But what does that have to do with helping the company’s business strategy, responding to shifting market demands and intervening to fix emergent needs when they arise?All of the above situations and more planned or unplanned come up throughout a business year. And, your sales team’s ability to execute or respond to the situation can be the difference in making or missing your year. But none of these situations lend themselves to the traditional way learning programs are deployed at many companies, which rely on bulky catalogs of content waiting for someone to raise their hand to schedule a training event. The future of learning and development will need to be as nimble as the business. Which puts a whole new set of demands on the library of competencies and the modality of delivery.

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Most training and learning efforts are based on a collection of competencies, supported by a curriculum and catalogue that gets scheduled on calendar-based interest and availability. But what does that have to do with helping the company’s business strategy, responding to shifting market demands and intervening to fix emergent needs when they arise?All of the above situations and more planned or unplanned come up throughout a business year. And, your sales team’s ability to execute or respond to the situation can be the difference in making or missing your year. But none of these situations lend themselves to the traditional way learning programs are deployed at many companies, which rely on bulky catalogs of content waiting for someone to raise their hand to schedule a training event. The future of learning and development will need to be as nimble as the business. Which puts a whole new set of demands on the library of competencies and the modality of delivery.

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