For many training professionals, the past two years were spent adapting the delivery of existing educational programs and content to the new realities of the pandemic. 2022, however, is all about meeting the changing needs of future learners.
Omnipress conducted annual survey of training professionals
Since 2016, Omnipress has been tracking the evolution of training programs and the delivery of educational content through data collected from an annual survey of training and education professionals at associations, corporations, and other organizations.
This year’s Training Trends Report clearly illustrates how two years of “living virtually” and subsequent workforce disruptions have changed learner preferences. Organizations are setting their 2022 priorities based on these changes.
3 learning trends that are getting the most attention in 2022:
- Hybrid Learning
Coming out of the pandemic, the workplace has seen a quick and dramatic shift. Until two years ago, on-site was the default way to work. Today, employees have been extremely vocal about their preference for more flexible work arrangements. That same flexibility is carrying over into training programs.
According to our survey data, most organizations do plan to offer a significant amount of in-person training this year. But they are also looking at ways to incorporate a virtual component to their training programs—either as an alternative or in addition to in-person instruction, providing learners more choice and flexibility, while also expanding the potential reach of their training programs.
- Social learning/learning communities
As more of our daily interactions have gone virtual, we’re left craving human connections and interactions more than ever. When training programs go virtual, we also lose some of the proven benefits of in-person classroom instruction—namely, the benefit of learning together.
When we participate in training as a group, we participate more actively, have greater access to more ideas, receive more immediate feedback, and retain more information.
As organizations provide more opportunities for virtual access to educational content, they are also looking at ways to incorporate online learning communities, or “communities of practice” into their curricula.
Over the past two years, virtual training has grown in popularity because it has shown to be more accessible. Logging into a course from work or home is easier, less disruptive, and often more affordable than traveling to a classroom site for one or multiple days.
Accessibility also means how well that course—even delivered virtually—fits into a learner’s schedule. Participants are already being pulled in multiple directions, juggling multiple priorities, and at work, may even be managing more responsibilities due to lack of staff. Couple this with a preexisting tendency toward virtual fatigue, and successfully completing a long learning module may be more difficult than ever.
This year, more organizations plan to increase their use of microlearning content in their virtual training programs, dividing educational content into shorter, more manageable segments that are designed to increase learning outcomes.
3 learning trends that are getting the least attention in 2022:
On the flipside of the equation, these topics may be the talk of the training industry, but are not a current focus for many training organizations at this time.
- Augmented/virtual reality
- Gamification (tied)
Mobile-first learning (tied)
Read the Full Training Trends Report
In addition to current and future priorities, the 2022 Training Trends Report explores how training programs performed in 2021, how they will be delivered in 2022, and what challenges and opportunities training professionals are facing in the coming year.
Download the full 2022 Training Trends Report to view all the data.