Technological Innovations And Trends That Can Impact Digital Learning

The pace at which technology is growing has caused disruption in business in the recent past. The companies have now been proactively adapting to newer technologies to catch up the pace and are getting ready  to reap the extraordinary results in future.

With the innovations in technology, the organizations have also evolved and transformed the way their internal and external processes operate. All the departments in a business have been incorporating these innovations to improve and ease their performance and operations.

Amongst the innovations that technology has come through, learning trends have also evolved. With innovation and the pandemic situation, the training industry has had a drastic shift in the delivery methods with digital learning. With the help of robust learning management systems like HSI, the training material is made available on the electronic and handheld devices, leveraging the learner to learn at their own pace and place of choice.

Listed below are some of the technologies that brought a positive impact on the learning methods making the training more effective and engaging.

Virtual Reality (VR): This is becoming a popular training method in today’s scenario. This method of training helps create the real world scenarios that helps the learners to attain first hand experience of the job they will be taking up on completion of training. Especially in the high risk industry, the virtual training comes in handy by making the employees accustomed to the real-life situations without causing actual risk, damage and accidents. The employee learns better and attains a higher level of expertise in less time.

Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning: Automation has undoubtedly eased our lives that has increased the speed of production with negligible errors. This not only helps in increased efficiency but also reduces rejections. However, making the basics and the concepts on how the whole process runs, is important. The data analysis with the help of AI has helped understand the processes and outcomes in a better way and makes the learning relatable. When these tools are incorporated in training, the ease of creating a learners path increases the engagement. AI can also help in personalizing the training content as per the needs.

Social Media: Socialising is the basic human need. However, it has become a challenge in the current pandemic scenario. Inclusion of social media platforms in the training programs plays an important role in keeping the learners connected through formation of social communities and groups. Learning and brainstorming on these platforms not only ease the learning process but keep the employees connected. With the help of social media, fun and learning can gel well by organising contests, live quizzes, meetings, etc. Location is never a constraint here.

Podcasts: Podcasting has been there for some time now. However, it was not popular and was not exploited with the kind of benefits one can avail. In the training sector, this can act as an effective tool for the employees who are usually travelling. Listening to the favourite episodes via handheld devices provides you the flexibility of learning on the go. For example, a logistics company can roll out the training module on safety driving. Their field employees can listen  to interactive episodes even while on the move. Podcasts also leverage the trainer to provide personalised training by facilitating the conversational framework that surely will keep the learner engaged and knowledge learned will be retained for a longer period of time.

Conclusion: Learning is an ongoing process and the learner needs to be creative, active and knowledgeable. With the use of innovative and fast evolving technology, the learning experience has outgrown the ineffective traditional training and assessment methods. With a well planned learning path and the latest tools of learning, the transfer to learning has shown proven results in improved performances.