I think it’s safe to say that 2021 has changed the way we think about the traditional classroom. With everyone working and learning behind screens, we’ve adapted to work from home as the new norm. But how will this change the way we learn? Here are five training trends we’re likely to see in 2022.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality won’t just be for video games
The way we are consuming content is changing. Did you know that humans now only have an attention span of 8 seconds? (Augmented Reality) AR and (Virtual Reality) VR have been around for a while for gamers but with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg talking about the metaverse, AR and VR are likely to go mainstream. With so many people working from home, we’ll see an extended selection of training delivery methods including AR and VR:
“AR and VR are growing in popularity and with the announcement of the “Metaverse” from Facebook, we’ll see many businesses create more online interactions and develop new immersive technologies. With the recent changes to working from home and remote study, businesses will be encouraged to look towards other online training delivery methods. I think we can expect to see gamification and simulation training used to onboard and train employees”, says Training Consultant, Phillip Chan.
We’ll go back to the classroom
Despite an uptake in virtual learning, the physical classroom will still have a place in 2022. Having been in and out of lockdown for months, many of us crave the human connection. And getting together for training is a great reason to go into the office again: “I think with the workplace shifting to the home, virtual learning will be the default and the traditional classroom will be novelty”, Iona Yeung.
We analysed the results of our Qualtrics survey and discovered there were a few people who were uncomfortable using the new tools, and several areas of confusion that needed to be clarified. After using the tools daily, there was also feedback to address and tweaks to be made to our Teams configuration.
New technologies for the online classroom
We saw the introduction of virtual backgrounds roll out across most video conferencing platforms as well as breakout rooms but 2022 won’t just stop there. According to our Engagement Manager, Chris Pellew, we will be looking at better technologies for online training engagement: “I think we’ll see better use of online whiteboards and the use of video within online sessions to assist in teaching”.
Businesses will adopt new systems
With the workplace changing, businesses are feeling the need to create better systems to support the new way of working. This often means adopting new technology. But as we’ve said before, sometimes moving systems is a lot like moving house – stressful if you’re not organised. Our in-house Microsoft Dynamics expert and Training Consultant, Sharm Siva thinks we can expect to see more system rollouts and the need for training: “I believe that there will be more systems-based training especially on Microsoft products, as more companies migrate to and adopt this platform”.
More self-paced learning to come
If you’ve ever taken any Salesforce training, you’d be familiar with its own learning academy, Trailhead. The online academy is home to many online modules, designed for self-paced learning. In the past year, we’ve seen a steady uptake of this self-paced learning where students can learn in short sprints. According to our Business Development/Engagement Manager, Stacey Swanton, we will see an “increase in self-paced microlearning, allowing one to continue to build their skills in tailored sprints.”
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