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Learning Trends of 2017

Towards Maturity have released some data from their 2017 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study and I’m just a little bit excited!

disclosure: I wasn’t in the bath at the time [source : Excited Meme]

A little peek…

Communication & Networking

  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Innovation
  • Creative thinking

Activities with massive uptake

  • User-generated content
  • Badges
  • AI
  • Wearable
  • Virtual reality
  • Simulations

Barriers to learning

People… basically.

“[Managers] don’t see it is their role to help people learning, encouraging, coaching, etc. and we sometimes forget to think of solutions for line managers to help them with this.”

Including learning professions.

The trouble is L&D leaders have little time or desire to tune into the voice of their users – only 3 in 10 are proactive in understanding how staff learn what they need to do their jobs (static over the last 3 years) and fewer organisations pull stakeholders into steering groups to help set direction ( just 35% this year compared to 42% last year.

This sort of study gives us some useful data to take to reluctant managers and bean-counting executives… and to examine our own practice. 

  • Do we ‘get’ what the stakeholders are looking for?
  • How can we package our solutions in a way they understand?
  • What ways can we get buy-in from those who don’t clearly see their place in organisational and professional development of staff?


-~Authenticity, Creativity, Community~- - eLearning Consultant & Trainer & Superhero - User Interface & Course specialist for Moodle & Totara LMS - I also enjoy researching into the Humanities - esp Cultural Studies, the Arts&Crafts Movement, and Medieval Guilds - warning: my hair colour changes a lot -

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