Nearly half of current jobs will be obsolete in the next 20 years according to an Oxford report*. Moreover, 41.7% of global fortune 500 companies are already using mobile learning tools in the workplace and this figure is set to rise in the coming years.
Learning is being disrupted by technology like every other industry in the world. But what are companies doing to make continuous learning and skill building part of their employee engagement so as to prepare for the future workforce?
I believe in the next 5 to 10 years, most people will learn via their mobile phones. Given that forecast,
Are you still using a traditional learning management system (LMS) as a primary tool for learning which is mostly web-based and painful to use?
Are you still pushing content out to your employees in the hopes that they will engage in 30-minute long videos and quizzes to test their memory?
Are you buying the story that ‘mobile responsive’ is truly mobile?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these 3 questions, you are already behind. You can’t stand still anymore. Doing so will cause you to fall as technology races ahead with new innovations of doing things better, cheaper, faster AND with greater impact.
The future of learning is evolving and here is how you can adapt your strategies to stay relevant:
Remove as many barriers as possible for people to learn and engage. Make it really, really easy for people to create content. Find solutions that empower your people to create their own content in simple, easy-to-use platforms whenever they want, wherever they want and on any device they want.
Shift from ‘learn-by-knowing’ to ‘learn-by-doing.’ Traditional methods of learning are based on the industrial revolution where there was one teacher (the expert) and many students who had to memorize lots of content to complete rote tasks consistently. It’s not relevant for most jobs today. We need people who can think critically, ask questions and solve problems creatively. Shift to a more interactive ‘learn-by-doing’ method where you teach content and catalyze people to think and apply what they have learned.
Recognize the difference between mobile-first and mobile-responsive. Mobile-first is designed based on the smartphone where most people spend their time. According to AdWeek, 79% of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day and that includes bringing their smartphones into the bathroom. Why? Because it’s an interactive experience (e.g. swiping, chatting, texting, taking selfies). Rarely are you holding a phone passively. Mobile is a powerful tool for tactile, intellectual and emotional engagement.
Don’t worry…it’s not too late. The digital revolution in learning is just beginning. But given the speed of tech, don’t get left behind.