What training is nowadays ?
Nowadays, training can take many forms: onsite training, e-learning, blended learning, serious games, edutainment, genius bars or Moocs, Spocs but also virtual reality, virtual classes and artificial intelligence. The learner’s behaviour has forced companies to adapt their training strategies to these new “ATAWADAC” habits: AnyTime, AnyWhere, AnyDevice, Any Content. This concept is simple: it is about offering the learner the opportunity to access the training or a part of it anytime, anywhere, from any connected device and any type of content. All of these new ways of working facilitate innovation in order to better prepare everyone to tomorrow’s world. They provide solutions to training for new jobs that do not exist yet.
What training is now aiming for ?
The new training methods are turning the employee into the main player of its training and thus of its professional life. In France, the current government invests in training by investing 15 billion euros for the training of young and long-term unemployed people. It is investing in a new system which enables the acquisition of new skills throughout the professional life.
We now speak of learner-centric trainings, that is to say trainings or training programmes whose educational approach focuses on the learner rather than on the content.
Digital and mobile technology releases the learner from format, place and especially time constraints. The learner is the one who decides when they want to be trained, whether during or after their workday. They also decide if they want to be trained alone or with co-workers.
What training is made of ?
No matter what the format of the training is, certain characteristics remain fundamental: the trainers’ qualification, the content of the training and the location – in case of onsite training –, but not only. The digital era and Millennials require new training formats, that is to say shorter formats with tools linked to the new technologies. These new formats, by promoting learning, encourage learners’ motivation.
In addition to traditional content, there are collaborative activities and social activities that encourage exchanges between learners, the sharing of good practices but also the sharing of know-how and skills.
What also matters is the transmission of experience by experts, professors or team leaders who come to share their adventure and pass on information. This sharing of experience is always a source of inspiration for the learners.
What training has become ?
We now talk about learning experience rather than training. We entered the era of mobile learning and adaptive learning. Adaptive learning uses several technologies, from big data to algorithms or cognitive sciences to create Moocs upon request. Daily tools have been incorporated into new training formats and offer a diversification of training methods: wikis, blogs, communities of practice, podcasts…