3 technology trends that are shaping the future of online learning

Are you still clinging to outdated education and training programs that drain time, money, and resources?

Investing in training has always been essential for ensuring your employees’ continued development, but if you haven’t yet embraced the future of online learning, you’re at risk of facing resistance and a lack of adoption from your staff.

Seismic changes in technology are revolutionising the landscape of online learning. Companies need to look at these innovative new opportunities for developing their workers’ skills.

“Back in the day, it was common to send employees to a training facility, client, or vendor,” says Aaron Cluka, training manager in Squiz’s Auckland office. “Although that’s still an option, there are better ways to engage with learning. The proliferation of channels, such as YouTube, and the dawn of short, direct videos mean that people can learn more effectively and be self-taught on the spot.”

Here are three of the trends that are shaping how organisations are tackling the online-learning sphere.

1. Learning from the comfort of your own home

In today’s world, focusing on agility and innovation also means empowering staff to use their own working styles while keeping overhead low. Customised videos and live training allow workers to learn new skills in an environment that suits them, whether it’s at home or in the workplace.

“People don’t want to sit in a classroom all day learning how to use a piece of software,” says Aaron. “At Squiz, we’re working on delivering alternative ways of training, through customised videos that serve clients’ direct needs. You can receive training from a live trainer while you’re at work or even at home.”

What’s more, this approach also saves precious time and money.

“In New Zealand, we have employees spanning from the tip of the North Island to the tip of the South Island, so we offer a variety of at-home courses,” Aaron says. “To have everyone travel to Wellington would be very cost-prohibitive.”

2. Studying at your leisure

If you’ve ever participated in an online course from a provider such as Khan Academy or Skillshare, you know that the beauty of online learning is that you can build your skills using the devices you’re most comfortable with – at your own pace and in your own time.

"Our Squiz Matrix Community site has a wide range of tutorials that people can use to learn and find guidance on a wide variety of Matrix and Squiz-related functionality,” Aaron says. “It’s been invaluable in helping our users and those who develop within the CMS."

3. Having low-cost, high-quality training at your fingertips

Aaron, a fan of YouTube training courses, believes that online learning makes education and training more accessible and flexible and will continue to change in line with users’ needs.

“I think we’re going to see more self-study apps, such as [language app] Duolingo, in areas such as maths and science,” he predicts. “I also think we’ll see the evolution of YouTube channels that are dedicated to teaching students skills such as coding. Over the next 10 years, I think the barriers to entry will lower even more.”

Personalise your online-learning offerings to engage your students

The future of online learning has set the stage for training and education programs that are effective, results-driven, and personalised to users’ learning styles, habits, and lives.

“The rise in flexible online-learning programs means that users can now access training whenever and wherever they want,” Aaron says. “As a result, we can offer more engaging and relevant experiences for everyone.”

Explore your online-learning options today and begin supercharging your workforce without exhausting your resources. Learn more about Squiz Live Learning.

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