We live in an age where new is better. It has become much easier to share ideas than ever before, however, a lot of seemingly good ideas have already been tried, have failed, or simply aren’t relevant now. A lot of times it seems like all the good ideas have been exhausted until one organization introduces something that revolutionizes an industry. That is innovation.
Learn How Digital Learning Is Driving Innovation
Ideas that break the status quo and introduce a new, better way of doing things. But innovation isn’t an inherent quality possessed by only a select few, but rather something which can be cultivated through continued effort. The Learning and Development (L&D) industry has been able to keep up with the changing needs of corporate learners only because it has embraced innovation, and digital learning has had a central role in encouraging and executing innovative ideas and trends in L&D. This is how innovation works, one innovative idea leads to hundreds of others. But how has digital learning driven innovation and how does it continue to do that? This article discusses just that.
1. Leads to More Creative Employees
In this fast-paced, dynamic world it is important that your employees have frequent creative ideas which can be implemented to improve aspects of business. To do that, it is important to have a culture of continuous learning in the organization, which provides learners with unhindered access to a Learning Management System (LMS) where all information pertaining to the skills and knowledge they require is available in the form of digital learning content. LMSs also enable learners to chat with other learners and to share and discuss ideas, which is very important for innovation in the organization.
2. Keeps Employees Updated with Fresh Skills And Knowledge
Innovation isn’t just generating new ideas, it is also being able to use existing knowledge in the best way possible. Also, advancements in technology have made it so that employees need to update their skills and knowledge continuously as their relevance changes every 3 months. Having a digital learning program ensures that learners get fresh courses every day which are updated regularly, and thus are able to keep up with the newest trends in their industry and give their best to their organization. Of course, this requires continuous effort from the L&D team, as well as regular feedback from employees on what they want to learn and what they don’t.
3. Has Led to The Use Of Sophisticated Technology In L&D
Leading corporate organizations these days use sophisticated technologies like Augmented Reality and/or Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their L&D programs. AR/VR can offer learners an immersive experience like no other, providing learners with an almost real perspective of a virtual simulation, which makes learning absorption and retention easier. Similarly, AI is used to advise learners on their queries before, after, and during a course.
However, none of this would have been possible a decade ago if these organizations hadn’t embraced digital learning as soon as it started becoming relevant in L&D. Technological innovation has always been a disruptor in every industry, including L&D, and digital learning has always been driving innovation. It’s just that not all corporate organizations have had the eyes to see it and the brains to use it to climb to the top.
4. Leads to Fulfilled Customer Demand
Finally, we live in a digital age, where every modern individual uses devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and/or personal computers to buy products and services. In order to fulfill the customer’s demand of wanting everything delivered to their doorstep at a click of a button (or a tap on a screen), employees need to know everything there is about the digital sphere.
Also, being modern individuals themselves, they require training in the form they’re used to, which is digital learning. Employees must use digital learning, to train themselves about digital learning in order to fulfill customer demand of making everything available to them digitally. Read that again and it’ll make sense.
5. Digital Learning and Innovation
Digital learning is the only feasible way to bring about business transformation in this modern age. Encouraging innovation is just a small, albeit important part of it. Digital learning is getting better and more advanced by leaps and bounds every year, and organizations better catch up to the latest digital learning trends fast if they want to remain relevant in the future.