Trends in 2014

Tara is program coordinator for the Graduate Program in Training and Development.

Tara is program coordinator for the Graduate Program in Training and Development.

Welcome back students! We are looking forward to a great spring semester with you. At this point in the year I happy to use the word spring because I reminded at some point during the semester things will warm up around Chicago. We won’t be talking about the polar vortex and extreme weather events anymore!

Switching gears to a much different event, on 1/16 the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD) will host a panel discussion: “State of the L&D Industry: Are You Ready for 2014?“.I am honored to be on the panel to discuss emerging trends in our industry- and we have exciting times ahead of us!

As momentum continues to move towards “anyplace, anytime” and “social” learning, L&D specialists are required more than ever to create technology based learning programs. All the while, appealing to a shifting demographic in the workplace that has different expectations of themselves and their employers. And what do organizations expect from workers? Competition, new innovations, and dynamic environments require they have adaptable, developed, and motivated talent.

These are just a few of the rapidly changing areas within our industry. I can understand the excitement L&D professionals have as they look at future opportunities and from my perspective I am thrilled to help prepare students for these roles. Our curriculum continues to evolve and expand with industry growth to support our students’ needs and the organizations they will go on to change.

What do think will be the big learning and development trends in 2014?

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4 Responses to Trends in 2014

  1. Beverly Bellamy, TRDV 499 says:

    My first thought reading this post was “immediacy in online learning,” something I’ve recently been reading about. I think a major trend for 2014 will be the challenge of making instructors more accessible to asynchronous students.

    Being able to connect with an instructor in real time lies at the heart of a successful class for learners. Getting feedback and having questions answered immediately has always been expected from the instructor in a classroom environment. The internet has made it possible to take advantage of online learning options and we live in a time where internet access is such that the expectation for instant gratification has become the norm online as well as in the classroom. Instructors and students can appreciate the effectiveness of immediacy in face to face (f2f) instruction and in a synchronous learning environment.

    But what about in the asynchronous classroom? Shouldn’t the asynchronous student benefit from the concept of immediacy; even if only occasionally? Do we need to achieve this level of interaction to mitigate the distance between the students and instructor? I find it refreshing when one of my professors offers live consultations and sets aside “live” office hours for their asynchronous students.

    As online learning continues to grow, immediacy in an asynchronous online learning environment will need to be factored in when designing instruction to extend f2f and synchronous immediacy to the asynchronous arena.

    Instructors might consider the following questions:
    Am I reaching my students in the best ways possible to facilitate transfer of knowledge?
    Is immediacy necessary for the course I’m teaching or is it acceptable to rely on traditional methods of interaction (discussion boards, email and messaging)?
    Should I assume the affirmative and incorporate some “live” time for my students?

  2. Larissa Zando says:

    Nice Job Tara! I enjoyed the event. Three trends that I picked up from the event are:

    1) Knowing business acumen.
    2) Being a generalist and not a deep expert is one or two areas.
    3) Being a consultant. Having the skills to communicate and asking the right questions with the C-level management.

    Larissa

  3. mcordello says:

    As for trends, here are my thoughts:

    1) There will be more mobility in training and learning. That will lead to the need for a more progressive approach to delivery and design. With mobility comes the need for flexibility. The more traditional forms of training and development will need to be rapidly updated.

    2) The realization that learning does not stop. For many of us, we are ahead of the trend. We understand that learning was important before a formal education and will continue to be so after. There are many forms of learning that we should continue to recognize. We can continue experiential, skill based, on the job, collaboration, certification, and self-directed to name a few. The main point is that we continue to learn.

    These are two trends I can think of at this point. I am certain there are more.

  4. mcordello says:

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

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