Where is the future of L&D headed?

Where is the future of L&D headed?

We may not have a crystal ball to peer into the future, but we have the next best thing: Expert insights from three visionary trailblazers paving the way for L&D. Here’s what they had to say about the future:

Beth Hall (Head of Cotton On Group UNI, Cotton On Group) is saying goodbye to theoretical structured learning and predetermined content, and hello to real-time problem solving and practical, informal learning.

Instead of facing disruptive forces with seriousness, inject some lightness into your learning strategy. Emotional engagement is as powerful as cognitive engagement. 

Rachael Hains-Wesson (Associate Professor in Work-Integrated Learning & Director Work-Integrated Learning, University of Sydney, Business School) envisions more emphasis on connectivity for improving student learning between students and groups.

“We are becoming more distant from one another due to technology and there is now a need to create blended learning environments that allow authentic connections to take place and which matter, and not just based on a ‘tick box’ culture for diverse modes of delivering content.”

Captain Matthew Gray (Former Head of Training & Checking, Qantas) says it all comes down to technology - an essential component to the learning and challenges we’ll face across all industries. 

And he’s right. With an increasingly Millennial-heavy workforce, social and mobile learning are quickly becoming L&D priorities, with investment set to rise over the next few years.

Technology is the clear common thread, but it’s best seen as the foundation for innovation. Without it, you’ll likely be left behind.

The door is knocking. Will you open the door to the future?

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