Your employees are accustomed to typing or speaking a query into their devices and finding exactly what they need in seconds. On-demand access is now the default, and that means organizations must provide tools that give learners what they need, when they need it.

In this presentation from the Learning Technologies 2018 conference, O’Reilly’s Karen Hebert-Maccaro and Andrew Odewahn look at how emerging technologies and on-demand learning are meeting the expectations of modern learners and keeping organizations competitive.

Highlights from the talk

The average shelf life for a skillset is 3-4 years and the average person will have 11 jobs during their working life. Many of these jobs will cross into different areas, which requires reskilling or upskilling. (02:13)

Modern businesses must continually reinvent themselves to stay competitive. To remain viable, organizations either need to replace their workforces every few years—an unrealistic solution—or they must invest in learning so employees can take on new roles. (03:56)

The days of laboriously searching through reference material or hunting for resources on learning management systems have given way to on-demand learning. A learner can plug a query into Google or YouTube and immediately find what they need. The learning tools organizations provide to their employees must address this on-demand expectation. (05:15)

Should learning and development (L&D) departments offer traditional classroom learning? E-learning? On-demand learning? The answer is “all of the above.” L&D groups need to be architects of robust learning ecosystems. (06:11)

The talk includes demonstrations of two learning tools that harness emerging technologies:

  1. A Jupyter notebook is an open source tool that weaves together code, narrative text, images, and interactive widgets into a single active-learning experience. At O’Reilly, we’re applying Jupyter notebooks in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. (12:03)
  2. Voice-activated tools, such as those offered by Amazon Alexa, can give learners on-demand access to information within the flow of a learning experience. (18:29)
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