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?