The rise of personal computing, mobile devices, and smartphones has dramatically transformed the way people live, communicate, and share experiences. This phenomenon also has influenced the way your employees learn. Companies would be wise to invest in technology-based eLearning modules that allow workers to learn anytime, anywhere.
The demand for corporate eLearning has increased by 900 percent over the last 16 years, according to online education developer Learnosity; while Designing Digitally, a custom eLearning service provider, estimates that 77 percent of U.S. companies offer some type of online training to boost their employees’ professional development.
The flexibility and variety of eLearning methods, particularly when applied to language learning, can lend themselves to efficient employee training in key skill sets, such as compliance, leadership, safety, and time management.
These L&D trends are influencing eLearning in the corporate setting:
Microlearning. Concepts are taught in small chunks that take five minutes or less to learn and absorb. Available across platforms and devices at any time of day, microlearning can be a powerful teaching tool, especially for millennial workers. The interactive content is easy to update, quick to produce, and affordable.
Engaging Millennials. This generation will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, according to Brookings. Considered the first “wired” generation, they came of age during the emergence of personal computers and the Internet. Their familiarity and comfort with online behaviors make eLearning modules preferable over traditional learning methods.
Gamification and engaging content. This eLearning model applies gaming techniques to something that a company has already created—such as a website or an online community. This drives the engagement and, hopefully, the loyalty of the user. According to Dopamine, a consulting agency focused on gamified campaigns, employees’ ability to retain skills increased by 40 percent through gamified techniques. This powerful eLearning tool is irresistible to many employees—especially the surging millennial workforce.
Mobile learning. This eLearning technique facilitates training or education on any portable digital device, such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. As the average person checks their smartphone over 200 times a day, companies that integrate mobile learning programs will find a ready and willing audience of learners. Language lessons will easily become part of your workers’ daily routine, accelerating their progress and language retention.
Investing in your employees’ language skills through comprehensive eLearning techniques is both practical and forward-thinking. Your employees will readily engage with the content, making them more skillful and productive.
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