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FEB-MAR 2015

Elearning! Magazine: Building Smarter Companies via Learning & Workplace Technologies.

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Elearning! February / March 2014 19 singular, isolated activity on a talent management wheel, John Ambrose, a senior vice president at Skillsof, says organizations need interactive tools that make learning a consumerized experience as inviting as Amazon or Netfix: "Te fnal mile is to create rich, dynamic experiences for learners, including the many diferent forms of learning that occurs outside of [a course in a learning management system]." Much of the impetus to adopt consumerized learning comes from younger, computer- savvy workers. And by 2020, Millennials will comprise 50 percent of the domestic workforce. Fifeen percent of them will work for someone at least 10 years younger. Tose trends will force work to be more open, collaborative and social. Gamifcation, interactive learning experiences, and the growing number of social media elements in performance and learning management indicate that the technology employees expect to fnd in the workplace is evolving. THE 'HOWS' In today's world, according to Wayne McCulloch of Salesforce University and Walter Rogers of CloudCoaching International, "learning needs to be woven into the fabric of what employees are doing, not necessarily as a separate activity. Elements of consumer technologies — like social media, gamifcation and mobile — are integral." Five current trends can enable your enterprise to further consumerize your learning: 1 Mobile learning: Just 10 short years ago, nobody would have imagined the possibilities of mobile learning. But with the introduction of smartphones, it has become not only possible but pervasive. If employees can learn new job skills or knowledge wherever and whenever they want, they have the potential to further integrate learning and work with their home life — and vice versa. 2 Social collaboration: By 2016, 50 percent of large organizations will have internal Facebook-like social networks, and 30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones. "Te popularity and efectiveness of social networking sites as a group communication tool among consumers is prompting organizations as well as individual employees to ask whether similar technologies can be deployed privately," says Nikos Drakos, research director at Gartner. "Tere is increasing interest for using social technologies within organizations to connect people more efectively, to capture and re-use valuable informal knowledge, and to deliver relevant zation

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