Seven Learning Trends to Adopt and Develop in 2022 

Seven Learning Trends to Adopt and Develop in 2022 

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1. Enabling the Hybrid Workforce

Companies are now working through how to design for a remote and local workforce, creating a more shared responsibility. A challenge of hybrid working and learning is designing to drive productivity in a way that doesn’t lead to burnout. Learning practitioners need to help establish equity in the experience for those who are at 

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1. Enabling the Hybrid Workforce

a distance and those who are in the room.  It’s not about having one session for virtual and one session for local or in-person. Learning needs true hybrid experiences with both virtual and local.

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2. Evolution of Learning in the Flow of Work

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

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2. Evolution of Learning in the Flow of Work

These technologies help create virtual rooms with collaboration and productivity tools. Learning teams need to take advantage of these tools and design and evolve how learning can be used with them effectively.  Instead of employees leaving their work environment to learn, these tools bring learning into the work environment.

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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 skillsets and move outside of comfort zones.

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3. Focus on Upskilling for Learning and Development

Skills like these will help to both prove learning worked and improve future learning while building in adaptability as demands change.  These skillsets will continuously evolve and it will help to start learning new skills now.

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4. Expanded Application of Immersive Realities and Play with Purpose

Virtual reality (VR) has been one of our learning trends for some time and it is becoming more attainable and viable than ever before. 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. Expanded 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. The VR and XR space will evolve quickly in the next year. As organizations build custom virtual spaces, designing these experiences with storytelling principles will help 

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4. Expanded Application of Immersive Realities and Play with Purpose

organizations develop them and learners connect with them.

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5. Designing for Inclusion as a Competitive Advantage

Ensuring equitable, inclusive, and accessible programs starts with identifying any barriers that prevent a learner from accessing information or performing job functions.  Once learning teams identify the barriers, they can shift the way they provide access to learning opportunities. Integrating accessible technologies, strategies,

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5. Designing for Inclusion as a Competitive Advantage

and resources is critical to engage the entire talent pool.

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6. Rise of the Boundaryless Academy

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

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6. Rise of the Boundaryless Academy

they have even applied for a position. This idea flips the concept of protecting learning and intellectual property to become a tool to educate, attract, and retain talent.  The boundaryless academy brings in both internal and external expertise to reach across traditional boundaries. 

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6. Rise of the Boundaryless Academy

Some organizations are even incorporating accreditationand are designing these academies with micro-credentialing and certifications.

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7. Sustainable Integration of 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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