In Focus: Modern learning content for modern workers

Dec 7, 2017 | Featured, In-Focus Reports, Research

In today’s world of learning, new technology tools and platforms are simplifying the production and distribution of learning content. The modern learner makes fast decisions about how and where they will learn – but with content still a major barrier for today’s learners, how does the modern L&D leader provide and facilitate good choices?

In our latest report, sponsored by our Ambassador Skillsoft, we present the evidence to help L&D leaders review and modernise their learning content and consider how best to engage and inspire their learners. We explore the design tactics that lead to the development of great learning content within top performing learning organisations and explore how that content is tailored to meet the needs of both the business and the individual learner.

What are the barriers to success?

The top barriers reported by a sample of over 5,000 learners that completed our Learning Landscape Survey in 2016 were:

  • 59% lack of time for self-study
  • 35% uninspiring learning content
  • 34% lack of somewhere appropriate to study
  • 33% lack of or unsuitable IT equipment

What are top performing organisations doing differently?

Organisations that are mindful of aligning online learning to business and learner needs are ensuring that learning is relevant, easy to find and has clear objectives. With a focus on providing an engaging, inspiring learning experience at the moment of need, top performing organisations treat their learners as customers. Providing a great learner experience they help the business to meet their key priorities for growth, profitability, business transformation and productivity.

What you’ll learn in this report:

  • Characteristics of successful content strategies
  • How do we use content to help employees do their job
  • What features are learners looking for
  • How to improve consumer experience

Whilst many are painfully aware that their learners find some of their content boring and irrelevant, they have not taken the steps needed to turn this situation around, often blaming the learners themselves (44%), their line managers or classroom trainers for reluctance to embrace new methods.

Data for this report is drawn from:

  • The Towards Maturity 2016/17 Benchmark™ research with over 700 L&D leaders. New trends from the last few months are reported in L&D where are we now? (towardsmaturity.org/learningtoday2017), which is free to download thanks to the support of Towards Maturity Ambassadors.
  • Data from the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape™ research, gathered online during 2016 from a sample of over 5000 workers, published in The Learner Voice: Part 3 (towardsmaturity.org/learnervoice3). Findings from this learner research are highlighted in purple.

This In-Focus Report is free to download thanks to the support of Towards Maturity’s Ambassador, Skillsoft.

This report is sponsored by Skillsoft. By downloading this report, you confirm that you’re happy for your details to be passed to the report sponsor, for the purposes of receiving information on relevant products and services. If you do not wish for your details to be passed on, simply contact us for a copy of the PDF.

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The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study is an internationally recognised longitudinal study on the effective implementation of learning innovation based on the input of 5,800+ participants and 41,000 learners gathered since 2003. Towards Maturity continuously surveys and studies how people learn at work and the impact this has on organisational performance. By turning data into insights and insights into action, this research is used to help L&D leaders assess and improve the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of their learning provision.

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