Learning technologies role in supporting future career paths.

by | Jul 13, 2009 | Articles

There’s been a considerable focus in learning & development circles in recent times about the changing world for L&D professionals and the skills and knowledge that they will need. 

The most recent benchmark report from Towards Maturity revealed that a lack of relevant skills is a major barrier in the adoption of learning technologies. CIPD, BILD, Learning & Skills Group and the e-Learning Network have all been concerned with this issue for sometime. Finally we published a white paper from the  Digital Learning Company on The Changing World of Work – Implications for Learning & Development, so the issue has high profile in the learning & development world.

In addition research findings from Cegos reveal the gap between what employees want from e-learning and what L&D are delivering, and while survey findings from LMMatters and Training Zone confirm that the use of learning technologies will grow during these recessionary times, there is still a major challenge for all those in L&D to adopt new skills to fully harness the use of learning technologies. 

But perhaps there’s a further dimension to be brought into our thinking. A recent white paper from Infinity Learning provides a complimentary insight into how traditional career paths are disappearing and the role that learning technologies can play in adopting a new approach. It addresses:

  • Has the traditional career path gone forever and how can effective learning support a new approach?
  • What does the new career look like?
  • How can learning technologies help individuals, managers and organisation adapt in the changing arena of career development in three priority areas:
    1) Plugging the training gaps and building competencies
    2) Building commitment for change
    3) Adaptability, performance and learning to learn from experience

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