Planning for a Roaring New Year: Trends and Tips to Elevate 2020

The New Year is just around the corner. Now is a great time to reflect on the year gone by, but there’s no time to slow down and rest! 2020 will bring a new decade of great opportunities. Here we’ll break down some of the top trends you can expect to see in 2020 and how your handy HALIGHT team can help you bring these ideas to life for your organization and employees. We’ll uncover how HALIGHT is utilizing these trends now. Here’s what you can expect in 2020 when developing training with us.

Learning Experience Platform – LXP

Have experience with an LMS? 2020 is the time to step up the game to a Learning Experience Platform (LXP). LXPs build on the LMS platform with additional, modern features. An LXP is a more intuitive platform. Categorized like streaming services (think Netflix, Crave, etc.), users can more easily find relevant content. As well, users get custom recommendations for relevant training and curriculums based on the employee’s interests, just like the ‘Top Picks for You’ content on Netflix.

LXPs also encourage self-paced training. This means employees can learn where and when they need. A holistic platform, the LXP combines the best features from multiple learning technologies. The great news is that HALIGHT has been employing the features and functionality of an LXP in our platforms for many years!

What we’re doing

HALIGHT has focused on a personalized learning environment with our clients since developing our first platform nearly 10 years ago. Our learning platforms deliver the ability for dynamic navigation experiences. They also highlight and filter content to provide the most relevant experience possible. These features are integral to the design of our systems.

In 2020, our focus is to continue to drive enhancements that improve learner experiences by creating greater choice over direction in the learning journey. Our systems will improve social interactions with peers, to expand the learning format, and design integrations for learning outside of the software platform itself.

Learner Analysis & Reporting

Understand your learners better than ever before! Learner analyses and reports will reveal things like which training resonates best with learners and what drives them (Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation). They’ll also show which learners succeed the most, and what content is driving user performance improvement. Knowing more about your audiences will help you reach them in ways like never before.

Sometimes the solution lies in the eLearning itself. Knowledge gaps and learner difficulties reveal how you can improve the content itself so it can better prepare learners.

What we’re doing

Traditional LMS reporting has always centred around completions, checklists, and percentage toward progress. At HALIGHT, we continue to review our reporting and analytics capabilities to improve on what we already do right. We provide insights that look beyond how a learner performed after the fact. Our analytics look at system and user trends to anticipate how to help them reach new goals faster and more efficiently.

What does this mean for you? When using in-depth learner analytics, you better understand your learner at a deeper level to give you a leg up on some other organizations. We know that better training results in better employees, better work performance, and better sales. This means you can gain a competitive edge by finding knowledge and skill gaps and plugging your learners into more specific training content that develops the best version of themselves. Take your training budget seriously by investing in analytics-supported approaches that resolve issues without guesswork.

Big Data Analysis in eLearning

According to eLearning Industry, Big Data in learning refers to “the data that is created by learners while they are taking an eLearning course or training module.” This includes their shared activities, training progress, community involvement, and more. Big data doesn’t refer to the amount or volume of data collected, but the pieces of data themselves.

Big Data reveals a lot about the training your employees are taking, including what format of training best appeals to learners (text-based micro training, VR interactivity, etc.) This data is delivered immediately and can provide feedback that will change the course of your employee development and training for good. Adjust your training strategies based on these analytics to get the most out of your eLearning solutions.

What we’re doing

HALIGHT L&D experts offer several solutions to best serve your employees. Again, developing great employees is one way to give your organization a competitive edge. Offering multiple modalities is important as we know that everyone learns differently, even if that just means they are more engaged with one media than another. Our L&D experts can help you create structure in your approach and diversity in your training to reach the broadest range of learner preferences.

In 2020, we’ll be looking to find ways to continue to gather key metrics on user experience and preference to provide even more insight on ways to reach your audience.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in eLearning

Users can interact with integrated AI technologies to experience a virtual teacher of their own. With AI support, learners get assistance when and where they need. They also offer recommendations and work in sync with the LXP technologies we mentioned earlier. This way, users get a custom learning approach that best suits their interests and strengths.

What we’re doing

Adaptive Learning, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence represent areas of growth for HALIGHT in 2020.  We’ll be tackling ways to account for learning experiences in determining how to create and recommend learning plans that drive the most efficient path to success for more tenured or veteran employees.  Analyzing trends in the market and within our platforms will enable systems to continuously drive the most value to learners at the moment they need information. Leaders, coaches, and administrators will have more predictive recommendations to stay ahead of roadblocks and knowledge gaps based on the application of performance metrics and user interactions.

AR, VR, and MR for immersive eLearning

AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality) provide a virtual hands-on experience. Users can immerse themselves in otherworld scenarios that help them demonstrate their skills in a virtual environment. Whatever method you choose for an immersive approach, these simulated environments are not only fun and creative, but they are effective techniques for advancing your learner’s skills base.

What we’re doing

HALIGHT is working with these technologies to determine the best approach for applications in scenario-based training. The more advanced we become in this field, the more likely we can reduce training-related injuries, lessen the impact of mistakes in the learning process, and cut the overall training time.

Make your 2020 a year of profitability. Better training ties to better work performance and overall company success. We want to help you make that possible with the up-and-coming trends you can expect to see more of in the new year. These trends offer a more intuitive and creative approach to the training your employees are used to seeing. HALIGHT delivers effective and impactful training to boost knowledge retention and overall employee engagement. Why settle for less when the technology of the future is available right now, at your fingertips? Visit our site to learn more!

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