5 corporate elearning trends to help you get ahead in 2022

Following another year of global uncertainty and flux, L&D has proved essential to keeping pace with change. But what’s next? We surveyed elearning industry experts, leaders and learners to find out what they want and need from L&D. Find out what 5 corporate elearning trends will help you deliver impact in 2022.

5 corporate elearning trends to help you get ahead in 2022

New ways of working, technology and elearning trends

The sudden onset of COVID-19 changed the way we live and work. Businesses adopted new technologies and pivoted approaches to keep going. With people working from home and face-to-face training largely impossible, digital learning helped employees adapt. Self-directed learning had a greater focus. Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), webinars and elearning became the go-to training tools.

But, as digital fatigue sets in and we see the return of face-to-face, it’s clear that further change is on its way. We surveyed over 1000 professionals and learners, as well as industry experts, to narrow down the biggest corporate elearning trends for 2022.

5 corporate elearning trends to watch in 2022

Years of rapid change have offered lots of new L&D insights. Here are 5 corporate elearning trends we expect to see going to the next level in the coming year.

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  1. Microlearning gets truly micro

Bite-sized training content that can fit around busy schedules is already widespread. In fact, 25% of L&D professionals said this microlearning approach worked best in their organization. But leaders and learners are calling out for even shorter learning experiences. With average learning session times now just 8 minutes – we’re really talking micro!

“In 2022, we’ll see an increase in digital learning fatigue. If organizations are going to combat this, they need more value centered, human focused learning.”

David Perring – Director of Research, Fosway Group

Want to get ahead with this trend?

Even short learning material needs to be time well spent. Provide a structure and shape to self-guided microlearning journeys to make sure you have impact.

  1. Blended learning becomes flexible

Digital blends mixing VILTs, webinars and elearning became the norm during the pandemic. As the new work landscape continues to evolve, hybrid ways of working are taking shape. 30% of businesses are returning to face-to-face training, but offering learners a choice of alternatives.

“We’re going to see a swing back towards in-person events, but the proportion of learning delivered digitally will remain far higher than pre-pandemic levels. We’ll make much more considered use of in-person events, beginning to think of these as designed experiences rather than lectures.”

Nick Shackleton-Jones – CEO, Shackleton Consulting

Want to get ahead with this trend?

Strict learning models don’t suit the changing demands of modern businesses. Look at the formats available. Identify which will be most flexible and effective for your employees.

  1. Video powers social learning

Whether it’s conference calls or webinars, video has been critical to employees’ continued collaboration and relationship building while working remotely. In the coming year, 41% of learning leaders are looking to push video learning. It’s not a new medium, but video isn’t often used effectively for learning.

The L&D leaders we surveyed were focusing on “social media-inspired”, “short and emotional videos” covering everything from “case studies” to “SMEs and thought leaders” interviews.

Want to get ahead with this trend?

Explore how video can be used to share knowledge or tell stories. User-generated videos give your employees a voice, and encourage self-directed and peer learning.

  1. AI personalizes learning experiences

Most organizations have no shortage of online learning. But with so much out there, finding the right thing at the right time isn’t always easy. That’s why 15% of L&D teams are exploring how they can use artificial intelligence (AI) for personalizing learning. AI tools leverage data to deliver adaptive learning paths. This is then plugged into employees’ work experience at the point of need.

“Nudge learning has been around in various forms for years. But we’ve not maximized its potential.”
Lori Niles Hofmann – Learning Strategist, NilesNolan

Want to get ahead with this trend?

Don’t have access to AI technology? You can still apply this principle. Gather data and find out what works for your people. Adapt your approach to create personalized learning experiences.

  1. Wellbeing becomes a priority

Rapid change and increased anxiety have meant many employees are struggling. On-the-job collaborative learning is more difficult and the pressure is on to self-learn. It’s no surprise our survey highlighted that employee wellbeing and mental health would be a focus in the new year.

“I’d like to see a sharper focus on employee health and wellness…I’m most excited about the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our employees.”

Brandon Carson, Vice President, Learning and Leadership Partner at Walmart

Want to get ahead with this trend?

Provide resources, peer videos and interactive learning experiences. Give people the tools to better support their own wellbeing, as well of that of their colleagues, friends and family.

Elearning trends in summary

Our ways of working will continue to evolve in 2022. Ensure you stay ahead with these 5 key trends that will create value for your business and employees:

  • Embrace truly microlearning
  • Create blended learning that flexes with your people
  • Take video learning to the next level with user-generated content
  • Gather data and personalize learning paths
  • Focus on employee wellbeing to positively impact people’s lives

Whichever trends you decide to focus on, put people at the center of your learning experiences.

If you want to find out more about the latest trends, read our full Training Trends Report 2022.

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