This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

A vision for the future T

Piers Lea ponders how to build the learning which will enable us to achieve the business results that we really want

he learning technologies industry is becoming increasingly important for multinational organisations. This is being highlighted both in independent research and in conversations with learning and development teams within businesses. A staggering 86% of

employers who took part in the Towards Maturity Benchmark 2014-15 want to use technology in their learning programmes, but only 26% are managing this. As well as this, 94% of employers want to speed up the application of learning in the workplace, but only 19% are achieving this. So how do we, as learning experts, move towards closing the gap between what organisations want to do and what they are actually achieving?

Top leader shortfall At present, we are producing too few top leaders to run global organisations. It is essential that we are able to equip our present and future leaders with the business skills and tools they need to add value to their firms, and this process needs to happen immediately. There is currently a bottleneck effect, where future business leaders are desperate to progress, but they lack the skills and support to do so. It is only with strong leadership that some of the world’s largest companies can continue to succeed, so it is crucial that we put measures in place to address this shortfall. This isn’t just about creating learning it’s about applying genuine expertise

to get results. Today’s business world is moving faster than ever before, and the learning technologies market must ensure that what we do is being implemented and measured to make sure organisations are able to keep up. The Towards Maturity Benchmark Report shows that just 15% of the businesses surveyed use specific KPIs to measure the effectiveness of their learning, showing that there are vast improvements to be made in the majority of L&D departments.

What are the drivers? There are two key drivers of this rapid change in today’s learning technologies space. The first is the technology itself. First computers, then mobile devices

Given the vast gap between organisations who know what they want to get out of their learning and those who are actually doing it, it is clear that a supplier intervention is required.


e.learning age april 2015

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35