The future of eLearning: Top L&D trends for 2022

The future of eLearning: Top L&D trends for 2022

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1. Leaning into the metaverse

The rise of the metaverse opens up a world of possibilities for L&D. Virtual reality was already one of the growing trends in eLearning.  And now tech advancements are creating a digital space where learners and instructors can interact as lifelike avatars.  Employees can join the learning space via VR headsets, mobile 

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1. Leaning into the metaverse

devices, or PCs and experience the benefits of group learning—no matter where they are. The metaverse also offers the kind of hands-on experience that makes learning more memorable. With virtual or augmented reality, employers can, for example, provide employees with realistic simulations. They’ll be able to practice new skills or technical 

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procedures in a risk-free environment. Or, get advanced experience assembling and handling physical products for troubleshooting purposes.

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2. Training a hybrid workforce

Many employers are now tasked with rolling out training that serves a mix of in-office and remote workers. As offices reopened around the world, lots of companies chose to continue to offer the option to telecommute.  Employees and employers both recognized the value of more flexible work arrangements in improving the quality of work life.

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2. Training a hybrid workforce

But changing where and when employees work also means changing how training is presented. Training a hybrid workforce requires a different approach.  Companies need solutions that offer both in-office and remote workers a quality training experience. They need to focus on communication and inclusion to help those working 

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from home feel like part of the company. And they need to reassess their training and possibly put less emphasis on in-person courses.

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3. Supporting collaborative learning

In 2022, we predict that both employees and companies will continue to benefit from the flexibility of online training.  But they’ll also likely incorporate more interactivity and collaboration while learning to help retain a sense of connection. Strategies may involve hybrid learning (as mentioned) or virtual assignments that bring learners together to collaborate.

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4. Focusing on employee retention

This year, employers are turning their attention to retaining top talent following The Great Resignation. A more remote workforce meant more global opportunities for employees.  And those who weren’t happy in their current role were able to pursue a wider array of other options. As a result, many companies will focus more on holding on to existing employees.

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4. Focusing on employee retention

Training and development are a big incentive for keeping employees happy. People want to know that their company is willing to invest in them.  They also want opportunities for career advancement and personal growth. We predict employers will be focusing more of their L&D efforts on training as a perk worth sticking around for.

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5. Delivering on-demand and personalized learning

Jobs across all sectors are becoming increasingly specialized. And more robust LMS technology means employers can offer personalized learning on-demand to keep employees engaged.  More companies will create customized learning paths that allow employees to learn what they need when they need it.

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5. Delivering on-demand and personalized learning

On-demand and self-paced training will also be on the rise as companies cater to the different roles.  More employers will allow their employees to fit training into their schedules rather than taking them away from busy workdays.

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6. Including more “life skills” content

The kinds of training companies turn to this year won’t all necessarily be tied to the job.  Recent experience has shown the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It also shed light on the real risk of burnout to employee health and happiness.

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6. Including more “life skills” content

Our prediction is that in the coming months, companies is that in the coming months, companies will offer more courses aimed at improving work environments and employee health and well-being They might include content like fighting burnout and maintaining a work-life balance.

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