Webinar Q&A | Forecasting Success: Learning Trends for 2018 and Beyond!


Today most companies realize that they are not adequately prepared for the disruptions they expect to emerge from digital trends. Nearly 90% of respondents to a recent global survey of managers and executives conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte stated that their industries will be disrupted by digital trends to a great or moderate extent. As companies adjust their strategy to become digital, the expectation is that their learning organizations will adapt as well.

In 2018, the stage is set for transformative moves as last year’s digital learning developments continue to mature and converge, and trends such as adaptive learning, MOOCs, augmented reality, and virtual reality increase their presence in the industry.

During a recent webinar with TrainingIndustry, I discussed the questions that learning professionals will be asking in 2018 and offered insights on the trends and smarter ways of thinking and working to help them achieve their business goals.

If you missed the webinar, a recording is now available for you to watch online.

After the presentation, several great questions came up from the audience, and I wanted to share them with you. Below are those questions and my best answers. This is an ongoing conversation, and I encourage you to keep the questions coming in via the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Q: Do you see a trend of SMEs creating micro-learning instead of L&D professionals?

A: Absolutely, one of the biggest advantages to using micro-learning is the ability for SMEs to create short videos that explain key concepts, and rapidly make those available to learners in the organization.

Q: You mentioned adaptive learning as an upcoming trend. Do you see LMS software building these algorithms within the programs to assist Instructional Designers? Would Instructional Designers be the ones creating the branching scenarios or algorithms?

A: I do not see adaptive learning being built into the LMS. Many vendors, such as McGrawHill, Area9, and Axonify, provide adaptive learning platforms, which are used to develop online learning programs similar to non-adaptive learning tools such as Lectora and Storyline. The adaptive learning platform handles the branching scenarios and algorithms, so there is no need for the Instructional Designer to create them.

Q: For the “How Confident Are You” question in adaptive testing, do you recommend giving them a choice to go back later for the remediation training piece?

A: The adaptive learning platform automatically takes learners back for remediation based on the confidence question.

Q: What software was used for the personalized course example you shared?

A: We developed that course in HTML 5. That allowed us to add all the personalization that would not typically be part of a standard courseware development software.

Q: What program is the sample MOOC created in?

A: The MOOC was created using the Intrepid platform.

Q: What are your concerns with MOOCs in Corporate Learning?

A: My only concern with MOOCs is the tendency to overuse them. They provide an additional modality to be considered when developing programs along with eLearning, blended learning, and classroom learning.

Q: For the future in creating Digital Learning/Modern Learning, the skills required would still be ID, but perhaps eLearning tech developers could be replaced by general tech developers?

A: For the future in creating digital learning experiences, ID skills would still be required, but Instructional Designers will need to adapt their approach to developing courses using more design thinking and agile approaches. They will also need to develop curation skills to be more effective in creating modern learning experiences.

Q: Augmented and virtual reality—how much do these projects cost? How do you justify the development expense and demonstrate the return on investment?

A: Augmented and virtual reality project costs are quite reasonable. We have created both augmented reality and virtual reality programs in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, so the ROI can be quite high depending on the application.

Don Duquette, Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President of GP Strategies' Learning Solutions Group, Don Duquette is responsible for the Company’s global training outsourcing practice. His more than 30 years of international consulting experience includes the full spectrum of learning such as blended learning, learning strategies, and corporate training governance. Prior to its merger with GP Strategies, he was the COO of GP e-Learning Technologies Inc., developing and implementing training solutions for Global 2000 corporations. Don holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an Executive MBA from Loyola College. As a recognized authority on learning and corporate training strategies, Don is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and a three-time Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning judge.

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