At a time when the economic climate is at best uncertain and at worst, volatile, organizations are looking to transform how they do things to make the business, its people, and its processes more adaptable, resilient, and future-proof. This is all occurring at a time when learning is being recognized as a critical strategic function for the business, whether it is upskilling or reskilling employees, building high-performance sales teams, or engaging customers. In Brandon Hall Group’s Transforming Learning and Development for the Future of Work study, 62% of companies said that business leaders believe L&D is either highly important or critical to the success of the business.

The start of the new year has many L&D professionals thinking about where things are headed. Of course, this requires some reflection on what exactly happened in 2022 and what we can learn from it, but it also requires a strong commitment to change, since change is going to be the theme for most things from now on.

We have seen a steady, but not complete, transition away from traditional, event-based learning. Organizations are incorporating more microlearning, games, simulations, and other digital/virtual experiences into the environment. The goal is to get employees what they need, when they need it, in a way that makes the most sense and has the most impact. The future will see more of the same, as well as an embrace of even more emerging technologies.

Recently, CEO and co-founder of Smartchoice® Platinum Preferred Provider LearnUpon, Brendan Noud, sat down with Brandon Hall Group’s COO Rachel Cooke for an episode of Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence at Work Podcast. The discussion focuses on the future of learning, with Noud drawing on LearnUpon’s 10 years of working with clients to meet the future. The pair dive into the trends we’ve seen, the trends yet to come, and what it all means for both learners and the business. 

David Wentworth

David Wentworth has been a senior research analyst in the human capital field since 2005 and joined the Brandon Hall Group in 2013. He has authored reports and articles on various human capital subjects with an emphasis on workforce technology. He has contributed to several reports published by ASTD, including authoring Mobile Learning: Learning in the Palm of Your Hand, The Rise of Social Media: Enhancing Collaboration and Productivity Across Generations, and Instructional Systems Design Today and in the Future. His work has also appeared in Compensation & Benefits Review and T+D Magazine.