Learning on-demand

By February 27, 2018 No Comments

How often do you search ‘How to…’ in Google?

We’re able to continually educate ourselves using the online world, and why wouldn’t we when all the information is just the click of a button away?

With our lives becoming busier, and our time becoming more precious, we want to consume our learning in short, bite-size pieces. We need that information quickly as we’re often ‘learning on the run’. We want more flexibility around what we learn, how much we learn and when we learn it.

So, shouldn’t all of this apply to the business world as well?

Sure, our skills development will be in part guided by our workplaces but what about connecting this to things we’re actually interested in? Can’t we grow our knowledge and professional development at the same time? The two things should work together.

For this reason, more and more businesses are turning away from long-winded, compulsory courses using traditional Learning Management Systems. Instead, they are giving their employees more choices and control over their professional development. Supplying them with on-demand, bite-size learning on larger platforms gives employees plenty of options.

Take Udemy for example, its ‘Udemy for Business’ subscription model offers high-quality courses, taught by real experts on almost anything your employees need or want to learn.

Here are some of the benefits of on-demand, short courses:

  • Your team will learn what they need to know and use, so it’s more likely to stick
  • It can help people discover visualise career paths before making the commitment, as short courses can be an introduction to various fields
  • Helps to enhance career possibilities, as it shows a commitment and willingness to develop skills
  • Helps to fill in the gaps and gain skills when ‘on the run’, without waiting for enrolment intakes
  • Fosters engagement, as your team is less likely to get bored when they have more options to learn and grow
  • Networking within short course platforms presents an excellent opportunity to make new connections
  • It is a cost-effective solution to address problems in team performance
  • Continuous learning – this is crucial in the rapid, changing world we live in today

Take a look at these short course platforms:

  • Udemy
  • Lynda
  • Skillshare
  • Highbrow
  • General Assembly

If you’re interested in taking a short course in eLearning, check out the series of eLearning courses from BRG Learning and Development here.

Tara Ridsdale – THINKA Co-founder, Design

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