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Learning technology, cutting through the trends, hype and news

by Susan Dumas - May 31, 2016

At Logicearth, we are practical people at heart – we don’t give in easily to the hype. But we are early experimenters and take time to look at all of the options for our clients. With this in mind, we have created this short round-up post on the latest thinking on modern learning technologies and digital learning content.

When do you leap with learning technology trends?

We recognise that if you are just getting to grips with modern learning technology and what it can do for your business, it can be a daunting prospect. But culture will always beat technology! Read our blog about organisational culture and learning technology here. We always focus on practical insights for our clients. Let's take an example.

In 2012, gamification was at its biggest hype. We wrote about the gamification journey for the Learning Solutions Magazine. 

In 2012, we advised clients not to invest too heavily - but instead to focus on creating good content and making learning tools available to support on-demand learning.  Many of our clients thanked us for that advice a couple of years later!

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How to separate eLearning and learning technology trends from the hype 

1. eLearning trends - 57 varieties! 

A detailed article which interviews 57 global experts on eLearning. The opening video gives you a quick overview, but read on about microlearning, video-based learning, performance support, xAPI and more!

View the eLearning experts opinion

2. Get your culture right first before technology

Our blog explains what a learning technology ecosystem is and how a strategically planned approach to modern learning technology could benefit your business.

Our take is - when you buy tools, or work on processes that support learning and talent development in your organisation, these should have some basis in strategy. Ask yourself - what is the future you want to get to?  Bear in mind - investing in learning technologies and a learning strategy pays off:

(Brandon Hall Group eLearning Market Trends For 2016)

  • Profit increase: Nearly half of respondents had at least a 10% increase once they had an effective learning  strategy in place
  • Productivity and engagement increase: 53% saw an increase of at least 10% in both productivity and engagement
  • Cost reduction: for a quarter of respondents, costs dropped 10% or more

3. Five big trends to watch for the next five years

From Dr Karl Kapp, ATD: Karl talks about micro learning, gamification, social learning, adaptive learning and immersive learning.

It seems that the future of learning content is fun, short and focused and designed to suit you!

4. Continuing update of emerging learning technology trends

View the eLearning industry trends (from Chris Papas)

This is a great page to keep returning to so you can see updated views on what is hot and what is not!

eLearning Industry Trends

5. The Gartner hype cycle, 2107 

Artificial intelligence, immersive learning experiences and digital platforms are at the top of the technology agenda. Read more in Gartner's famous Emerging technology hype cycle here. 

6. Learning technologies: proceed with caution

Great insights from Marc Rosenberg – picking a learning technology is no guarantee of success; you still need a learning strategy. Marc says that technology is not a strategy and that technology is an enabler. You need to look at what business improvements you could make using technology - and that is your strategy. We couldn’t agree more Marc!

7. Technology vision for the workplace 

View trends in workplace technology that will impact workplace learning. 

This focuses on intelligent automation, supporting a fluid workforce, rise of new digital platforms to support new business models and digital disruption with fast-emerging but predictable digital ecosystems that we can monitor and take advantage of. Digital transformation is coming to a workplace near you! 

Get to grips with learning technologies - on-demand learning is here!

If you are new to learning technologies or want to learn more, take a look at our free eLearning resources. One of the biggest breakthroughs for us in recent times has been rise of tools to facilitate on-demand learning. Busy modern workers need learning just in time, not just in case! Check out Percipio - our intelligent learning platform - on-demand learning, made easy. 


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