7 Learning Trends to Adopt and Develop in 2022

7 Learning Trends to Adopt and Develop in 2022

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1. Enable the hybrid workforce

The dynamics of how, when, and where we work are changing. When we think about this year and what’s next for the future of learning, the focus must be on enabling the hybrid workforce and those who support that workforce.  The key to supporting the hybrid workforce is the concept of intentionality. Learning practitioners need to shift how 

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1. Enable the hybrid workforce

they design learning to what the audience needs and how the organization approaches those needs.

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2. Adapt learning to the flow of work

We have more visibility and access into workflow data with the rise of employee experience platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Viva, and Slack.  These platforms are broader than learner experience platforms; they provide a connection point between learning, work, and talent engagement.

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3. Focus on upskilling for learning and development

One of learning and development’s main goals in any organization is to build programs to upskill employees. But it’s important to also look inward.  In 2022, it’s critical for learning practitioners to upskill themselves. Learning practitioners need to deepen their skill sets and move outside of comfort zones.

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4. Expand application of immersive realities and play with purpose

Virtual reality (VR) has been one of our learning trends for some time, and it is more attainable and viable than ever. The technology has evolved, and it’s time to evolve the design. VR and extended reality (XR) offer ways to explore difficult concepts and tasks in safe environments. The immersive and collaborative learning 

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4. Expand application of immersive realities and play with purpose

aspects are moving into more soft skills applications, including team-building escape rooms, problem-solving, critical thinking, and teaching empathy and communication.

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5. Design for inclusion as a competitive advantage

Accessibility should not be an afterthought. In the US, 26 percent of the population and 19 percent of college students self-identify as having a disability.  Ensuring equitable, inclusive, and accessible programs starts with identifying barriers that prevent a learner from accessing information or performing job functions. 

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Once learning teams identify the barriers, they can shift the way they provide access to learning opportunities.

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6. Support the rise of the boundaryless academy

Corporate academies and universities are coming back but not just for the internal employees.  Companies form academies by bringing industries, higher educational institutions, and other corporate entities together to build relationships, fill skills gaps in advance, and potentially reach target new hires before they apply.

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6. Support the rise of the boundaryless academy

This idea flips the concept of proprietary knowledge by using intellectual property as a tool to educate, attract, and retain talent.  The boundaryless academy combines both internal and external expertise to cross traditional boundaries. Some organizations even incorporate accreditation and design academies with 

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microcredentialing and certifications.

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7. Sustainably integrate innovation as a capability

Not everything needs to be as innovative as the assembly line, but with the rate of change increasing regularly, organizations need a process for sustainable innovation that builds agility.  When putting a process in place to explore and test innovative solutions, organizations can move from reactive to proactive drivers of positive change.

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7. Sustainably integrate innovation as a capability

The following are key considerations when establishing a process for innovation: – Set realistic expectations. – Integrate a scientific, repeatable process with testing or pilot projects. – Adopt new strategies and technologies with deliberation and care.

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