Corporate training has witnessed a paradigm shift from those days when employees were literally airlifted to a specific location for some cumbersome classroom sessions. Training in companies has shifted to online and in-time learning mode. Technology is energizing corporate training, bringing ideas such as mobile learning, social media and gamification into the world of corporate training.
A multinational taskforce is a common feature in today’s corporate workplace. The conventional classroom training is ill-equipped to deal with colossal and geographically dispersed workforces, and the problem is further accentuated by differences in language, time zones and skill sets. Moreover, as astounding 40% of classroom training costs are spent on travel and lodging alone. This is where technology comes to the rescue. Technological solutions ensure standardized training across an organization and maximize the benefits of corporate training.
Organizations are embracing mobile learning solutions, given the extensive penetration of mobile phones across the world. Mobile learning is transforming the ways in which organizations and learners work, interact and collaborate with each other. Mobile devices are also facilitating contextual learning. Mobile training games make learning more engaging and induce behavioral changes in real-time by prodding the learners to act out the learning scenarios.
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become an indispensible part of human life in contemporary society. Social media has thus become inevitable in corporate training. Companies are investing in social collaboration tools to connect with the employees and foster a learning culture within the organization.
Simulation has been a part of the aviation industry since times immemorial. Companies are recognizing and adopting technology-based simulation to lead the learners into a practical experience of theoretical learning, thereby transforming learning into an engaging and enjoyable exercise. In a related learning methodology, Virtual Classrooms equipped with online video conferencing tools are making it possible for learners to participate in live training sessions.
Online assessments are gauging the learning performance, so as to render the learning process faster, more efficient and cost-effective. Learning Analytics is paving the way for organizations to roll out training programs that yield results. Immediate response systems act as two-way mechanisms; allowing the trainers to provide real-time feedback to the learners about what went right and what could have been done better; and let the learners to share their feedback with the company. The data gathered through such response systems, such as Java interview questions, can be later analyzed to reshape corporate training programs and make the learning environment agile and future-ready.
Gamification is gaining immense popularity in these times. Gameplay contributes to qualitative learning, better retention and improved on-the-job outcomes by incorporating engaging milestones into the learning process. Corporate training games are being shared on a variety of devices, ranging from the all-pervasive smart phones to next-gen AR wearables.
Technology-driven corporate training is a boon for all the stakeholders; companies can rest assured that learning has been timely and effective, while the employees can savor the joy of learning in a hands-on environment.