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Yesterday at 23:30 UK time I closed my annual ‘What will be hot in L&D this year?’ survey. For full results, join me for Three corporate learning trends to watch in 2016 on 20 January at 16:00 UK time, 11am ET.
This is the third year I’ve run this one-question survey. 728 people voted from 52 countries, casting a total of 1922 votes (each person can vote for up to 3 items). The global results are:
|Consulting more deeply with the business||167||8.7%|
|Developing the L&D function||92||4.8%|
|Synchronous online delivery (eg webinars)||85||4.4%|
The question asked was “What will be hot in L&D in 2016?” and respondents were asked to vote for what they thought would be hot, rather than should be hot. No definitions were provided for the choices given, nor for what ‘being hot’ meant.
I’ll do a full analysis of this in my webinar with Axonify on 20 January 2016 at 16:00 UK time, 11am ET: Three corporate learning trends to watch in 2016. For now, though, here are some quick observations:
What do you think? Do these results match your observations of L&D? Is there anything missing? Feel free to comment ….
Two week ago, I had the pleasure of opening the E-learning Awards, 2015, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.
The walk across town to the venue was beautiful, with a full moon shining down the Thames and every landmark picked out in glorious detail. At the awards themselves we had a great evening , with expert hosting from Phil Jupitus and Deborah Frances-White, 700 guests intent on having a good time, and a superb live band until sometime after 1am.
The full list of winners can be found here, but I really want to stress what I said kicking the whole event off: that with 400 entrants, making it to the short list for any award was a real achievement.
If you’re engaged in learning technologies in any way, I look forward to seeing you again next year!
Zoltar the Magnificent, fortune teller extraordinary, will – for the sum of one pound – reveal your fortune from inside his mechanical box on Brighton pier.
Each year I try to do something similar.
I am slightly less extravagant in my dress, and I’m not on a pier, but the results are at least free.
Each year I run a one-minute, one-question online poll asking L&D professionals what they think will be hot in the following year. In 2014 mobile learning topped the poll. In 2015, collaborative learning came in first.
The individual results, though, matter less than the overall trends they illustrate. For example, video dropped from 5th position in 2014 to 8th in 2015. Was that because video was suddenly less important? I doubt it. It’s much more likely that video was no longer seen as ‘hot’. It has entered the main stream of L&D practice.
What will be hot in 2016?
This year, once again, I will be asking the same question: What will be hot in workplace L&D in 2016? You can choose three items from the list.
The poll is below, mostly with the same options as in previous years. If you don’t like the options, please do choose ‘Other’ and say what you think is missing. I will add these, unedited, to the blog over the course of the survey.
To clarify – please what you think will be hot in L&D in 2016. In January, after the poll has closed, I’ll run a second poll asking whether you agree with the results, and why.
Choose up to 3 items:
The poll will finish at the end of the first week of January. Headline results will be announced here on Monday, January 11th, and the first analysis will be broadcast in a webinar in conjunction with Axonify on Wednesday January 20th at 16:00 UK, 11am ET.
I look forward to hearing what you think will be hot in workplace L&D in 2016!
[Updated 11 December]
What did I miss?
The ‘Other’ option has proved less popular than in previous years, with only 27 entries so far. They are listed below – with virtual/augmented reality standing out as the option most people seem to think should have been included:
Extension of learning to broader workforce, customers, partners
“Lean” career development
Professional Membership of the British Institute for Learning and Development
Data and Learner Analytics
Augmented & Virtual reality
Non synchronous online delivery
Ask the learner
Capturing non formal learning
Innovation in regulatory environments
Network analysis and/or visualisation
Debunking learning myths
on the job learning (702010sytle)
Connecting self directed learner
Actually, I did include virtual/augmented reality, but took it out again, as I felt that 2016 was probably too early. 2017 may be a different story.
What do you think – is there anything missing from this year’s choices?
Are you based in Sydney or Melbourne? Working in L&D? Then let’s meet up!
I’ll be in Australia from Friday 6th to Wednesday 11th November, meeting colleagues in the world of learning and running two workshops on “The Transforming Future of Learning and Development”.
In small groups, we’ll be looking at why the world of L&D is changing so fast right now, why current operating models of L&D are inadequate to deal with the changes, and what can be done to survive and thrive in the future.
I aim to provide input, provoke discussion and confront some of the issues facing L&D today so that participants will leave with a broad picture of what’s changing in L&D as well as practical actions to take.
In the workshops, we’ll draw on everyone’ s experience, including my own 25 years in the industry, including 15 years as chairman of Learning Technologies, Europe’s largest conference dedicated to technology-supported workplace learning, and 5 years as chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute.
To know more, and to register, please contact me, or click on the links below:
I hope to see you there!