Globalization is also influencing the business net and workforce requires a multicultural and global working environment; hence, blended learning, in which e-learning, mobile learning and virtual learning are blended, will be the main training method in the coming years.
Renovate or die. This is the new philosophy in the world of training. Picking up a folder, a binders and a pen to go to class is no longer the habit within students and professionals, because e-learning is wining more and more ground.
The White Book entitled Online Training of Communicative Competences for a Highly Diverse International Workforce by the DP company is showing the market evolution anticipation for online training in the coming years.
After interviewing RD 103 senior directors, HR managers and training personnel, the study discloses that 71% of organizations will hire more blended learning than in the previous years. Also, 79% considers that learning languages is going to be crucial in their work development plans..
E-learning (50%) is the modality on demand, followed by classroom education (44%),mobile learning (38%) and social learning (12%). As a matter of fact, the former will win more and more followers and, if these data stating that by 2014 a tendency for changing the way in which personnel are trained are confirmed, 71% of the interviewed people answered that blended learning -a blend of e-learning, mobile learning and virtual learning- will be their main training method.
Data also show that one out of five organizations hopes that "informal and social learning" play a significant role in the development of their personnel. Professionals demand for an “à la carte” learning that is more flexible, incorporating elements from e-learning, personalized coaching, social learning and mobile learning methods in the small scale.
Languages and other Problems
"Blended learning will continue to grow in the coming two or three years, and organizations will significantly increase their dependency on technology to offer flexible and cost-effective training to their workforce," said Armin Hopp, founder and President of DP
DP's survey also shows that 74% of companies consider that English and Chinese are the two most important languages that can learn. It is important to remember that linguistic competences are key to communication with customers and colleagues in any country, as well as for operating efficiently and cost-efficiently. Thus, entities who want to have competitive advantages will need to improve their employees qualifications.
Lastly, the study also replicates "the most common barriers" for effective learning within an organization: lack of skills within the employees to manage their own learning (29%), technological barriers (29%), lack of readiness of senior leaders to motivate learning (24%), and lack of skills of personnel to implement and manage e-learning and the new learning resources.