It's no secret that the world of training is constantly changing. New teaching methods have been devised to offer an ever more effective learning experience. Discover 6 training trends you shouldn't ignore in 2019.

#1 Microlearning: the training will be granularized.

Microlearning, or micro-learning, is on the rise. This training modality is based on short training sequences, ranging from 3 to 5 minutes, combining texts, videos and images to stimulate learners.

This involves cutting up a “macro” subject into “micro” portions to facilitate its digestion.

Therefore, the training fits more easily into the workflow of employees. They can follow their modules on the go during the “lost” moments of their day.

#2 Mobile learning: the training will be mobile and accessible.

The time when learners had to be tied to their computers for training seems to be over. Learning rhymes now with accessibility and mobility. Everyone must be able to train everywhere, all the time and without friction. The smartphone in essence offers this opportunity and brings a revival.

This boom shows a strengthening of uses centered around the mobile. In fact, the rate of mobile equipment reaches 94% in France and now exceeds that of the computer, which fell by 3 points to 78%. According to Digital barometer published in 2018, the drop in the rate of computer equipment was particularly noticeable among young adults (- 17 points, particularly among 18-24 year-olds, who are now less equipped than those in their 60s). A reversal far from trivial.

#3 Social learning: the training will be social and collaborative.

“Digital learning is the first step in dehumanizing training”. If you work in the vocational training sector, you have probably heard this statement.

What if we told you that the trend is actually the opposite? We are even talking about social learning, literally social learning.

This dynamic consists in sharing and collaborating with other distance learners through the through collaborative tools. This can translate into a discussion thread, a forum, a blog or even corporate social networks.

In this way, learners participate actively to their learning and collaborate with their peers continuously. A small step for training, a big step towards the learning company.

#4 Gamification: the training will be fun and engaging.

Addressing disengaged and disinterested learners is a major issue that occupies the minds of many trainers. Among the solutions identified by them, gamification is a legitimate response.

Gamification is the integration of game mechanics aimed at making it easier to complete a task. After all, who said training couldn't be a game?

Among the levers available in the trainer's toolbox, duels and rankings, badges validating the acquisition of a skill, challenges to measure yourself against colleagues, customizable avatars, fun activities such as multiple choice questions or quizzes .

Gamification stands out as a terribly lever effective to motivate, engage and sustainably stimulate the learner in his training course.

#5 Blended learning: training will be digital… AND human.

Because it provided many responses to the constraints of traditional training, digital learning has experienced an incomparable boom. In this sense, it has opened an almost infinite range of possibilities insofar as digital technologies overcome the disadvantages linked to face-to-face training.

Today, the logic is the complementarity between digital and face-to-face : this is called the blended learning, or blended learning. The principle is to make the best of each of the methods to obtain a complete and efficient training course.

Here is an example of a training course that tends to become more democratic and that we frequently meet with our clients:

1 - Upstream…

Preferred modality: mobile learning
Objective: arouse the learner's interest and arouse his curiosity
Method: gradual release of the modules during the 15 days preceding the start of the training.

2 - During…

Preferred method: face-to-face
Objective: promote immediate practice with the learners
Method: learners' situation

3 - Downstream…

Preferred modality: mobile learning and microlearning
Objective: to sustainably and effectively anchor the skills acquired
Method: spaced repetition of content and reminder thanks to push notifications.

#6 Video learning: the training will be video.

If YouTube ranks second among the most visited sites in the world with 2 billion active users per month, It is not a coincidence.

Whether you want to learn a cooking recipe or train yourself in installing software, you have no doubt watched a tutorial video. The incredible success of these tutorial videos is proof that everything can be learned on YouTube, and ultimately that everything can be learned through video.

Integrating video into training ensures that the message to be transmitted is understood and assimilated. She bring dynamism and commitment in training programs.

Conclusion: tomorrow's training will be “learner centric”.

So, if you were to qualify the training of tomorrow, it is essential to specify that it will be granularized, mobile and accessible, social and collaborative, fun, digital, human and animated by video and other enriched content.

Beyond these trends, a global philosophy seems to be emerging: the need to (re) think the training systems based on the needs and uses of the learners to better engage them over time.

What training trends will you integrate into your strategy this year?

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