The power of technology in our everyday lives is undeniable, with at least five billion people owning a mobile device, and around 2.6 billion people owning a social media account (source). The internet and its devices are no longer used to simply browse for information, however, it has more psychological and social uses, such as connecting people from different locations, finding love and friendships, working, finding entertainment, and learning online.
Being able to operate and function digitally is now part of the skills of the modern age. All that being said, not all learning and development efforts have incorporated technology in their implementations, which is why this article will list down the five reasons to use technology for corporate learning and development.
Worldwide Collaboration Made Simpler
Especially for multinational companies, the travel and logistics costs of worldwide travel for meetings or events have been unavoidable expenses before digitalisation. However, with remote working and learning gaining traction due to the recent pandemic, more members of the workforce are open to participating and holding online events, which could potentially cost lower and are easier to manage or arrange.
Custom learning experiences or events can be even more effective than face-to-face, depending on the planning and execution of the events, which is precisely why choosing an online learning management system that delivers more than that is very important.
By learning online, learners are no longer bound to desks or offices during learning sessions, which means that they can take their learning anywhere and anytime, allowing them to implement their styles of learning. For instance, a learner can pace around the park while listening and contributing to the materials and discussions held online. By equipping learners to learn in the ways or methods they know best, more materials will be absorbed, which increases learning effectiveness.
Another common scenario is for auditory learners to close their eyes and focus on the sound or voice of the trainers. If this were to happen in a face-to-face setting, it would not look good on the learner, however, in an online setting, they can express whichever learning style brings them closer to learning success.
Bite-Sized Learning Materials
According to the US Department of Labour, the average attention span of an adult learner is 15-20 minutes, which means that any extra information delivered after that time range will be less absorbed or understood. This is where online learning takes the centre stage. With lesser time or logistic constraints, learning materials can be broken down into smaller chunks that spread across a period of time, which allows learners to retain knowledge more effectively.
Encourages Healthy Competition Between Learners
During the online learning process, learners can view their progress when compared with their cohorts, which will breed healthy levels of competition to push them forward. This is made possible by the learning platform’s technology in which the progress of every learner is trackable, and can be set to allow other learners to ‘take a peek’ at their cohorts’ progress as well.
This technological feature will encourage a good dose of competition, which will be essential in keeping the wheels turning in their minds, as this cohort-based learning model unconsciously pushes learners to want to perform better, learn more, and keep up with their cohorts, which will increase their engagement levels and interest in learning the materials.
This collaborative learning style will also broaden their horizons and empower them to assess and analyse problems or case studies from different perspectives as inspired by their cohorts.
Gain Accurate Learning Insights
Technology certainly helps with automated formulas, calculations, and measurements. In learning and development, most learning management systems and technologies can analyse key learning metrics, such as time spent on a certain topic, engagement levels, assignment completion and submission, and many others. This way, the trainers save time when assessing the participation levels of learners, and can come up with conclusions that are derived from and backed by accurate data. Not only that, but trainers are better equipped to identify learning opportunities or close any knowledge gaps among the learners.
Not only does learning broaden learners’ horizons, but they are able to meet new people, gain different perspectives, and form networks all over the world. Networking has proven to be effective in building careers, with Fox Business claiming that networking contributes to around 70% of all job requirements. Statistically speaking, this means that the wider an employee’s network is, the higher probability that they will be able to move up in their careers.
While most companies and learning providers leverage technology as a key enabler for learning and development, one should always remember that it is a means to an end to achieve a great learning experience and outcome. It is still important to have a programme that is crafted with learning experience (LX) in mind to bring out the best in learners.
With Cahoot Learning, we help you bring out the best of your learning programme by having a good balance of technology and a dedicated learning design team that crafts programmes that engage deeply with learners. Not only that, our cohort learning model allows learners to interact, engage, and compete with each other, which not only creates a fun learning environment, but also an effective one.
Create a unique learning experience with Cahoot Learning today!