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Research highlights need for change in approaches to formal learning in organisations



Research highlights need for change in approaches to formal learning in organisations


Towards Maturity


Successful organisations are engaging in new approaches to learning and performance, but formal learning opportunities need to change. This research report, from the UK organisation Towards Maturity, considers how L&D leaders can transform formal learning in their organisation. Looking at the learner journey, the role of technology and the role of the classroom trainer, this report aims to build confidence in innovation by learning from the most successful organisations.

Data for the report is primarily drawn from the Towards Maturity 2015 Benchmark™ research with over 600 L&D leaders, reported in Embracing Change (www.towardsmaturity.org/2015benchmark)..  This report considers how L&D leaders can transform formal learning in their organisation. Through looking at the learner journey, the role of technology and the role of the classroom trainer, this report aims to build confidence in innovation through investigating the tactics of the most successful organisations.

The research report can be downloaded at: http://www.towardsmaturity.org/article/2016/09/13/in-focus-transforming-formal-learning/

 

“Fast Facts” from the research:  

  • Formal learning is not dead, but it needs to change
  • 55% of staff find classroom courses or face-to-face learning essential or very useful 76% of learners are motivated to learn because they want to do their job better or faster, rising to 84% of those new to their role 88% of staff want to be able to learn at their own pace
  • L&D professionals have high expectations of technology. 9 in 10 want to:
  • Improve the effectiveness of their face-to-face programmes Speed up the application of learning in the workplace Reduce time to competence
  • Despite these drivers, things need to change:
  • Only one-third of L&D teams are currently achieving the goals they seek Only 26% of formal learning is presently e-enabled  47% report a reluctance amongst employees to learn with new technology 33% report that a lack of IT skills is holding learners back 3 in 10 report that classroom trainers are reluctant to adopt new technologies 15% claim their L&D staff won’t facilitate social learning
  • People have strong views about their formal learning experiences
  • 45% report their managers discuss learning objectives before they start any formal learning and 59% agree that their company clearly communicates the learning opportunities available to them 88% find it helpful that the media for online programmes are drawn from actual situations, for example, using relevant photos, videos or case studies rather than contrived examples using graphics or actors (stock imagery) 92% want relevant and challenging opportunities to interact with online materials
  • What we can learn from top performing L&D teams
  • 90% of top performing teams say that they are integrating technology to improve the classroom experience (on average, only 33% say they are doing this). 
  • They focus on the learner journey – compared to the average, top performers are:
  • Almost twice as likely to agree that staff understand how their work is linked to the organisation’s performance