What does 2020 hold for L&D? From AI-powered personal learning to self-directed development, we've tackled the top trends for this year. Read about it here.

January 30, 2020
June 26, 2023
Learning And Development

Learning and Development has come a long way in recent years, and in 2020 that trend is set to continue. However, if you’re looking for the next big thing in L&D, you might be surprised by the ways that the industry is expected to develop this year.To help you uncover learning and development future trends, we’re pulling together our expectations for 2020.

Corporate Learning and Development

2020 will see corporate learning and development become more and more important, with employees seeking flexible L&D programs that help enrich their careers.What's more, by 2020 35% of the workforce are expected to be millennials - the generation of employees who are renowned for being pickier and more demanding than previous generations.

Millennials seek meaning in their careers, and as a result L&D programs at work will need to be more flexible, creative and genuinely interesting to keep the workforce engaged and onboard.

Data Literacy

When it comes to skills shortages, data skills are up there with many reports suggesting that the data skills shortage is at ‘crisis point’. Whether it’s knowing how to handle data, how to protect it, or developing skills in specific data roles, there will be a focus on data literacy in L&D in 2020.Understanding how to use data effectively and safely is becoming very difficult as the supply of data in the modern world becomes overwhelming.

As a result, it’s likely that companies will invest in L&D that focuses on helping the workforce in becoming data literate in order to future proof their business.

Capital Investment in Intelligent Learning Platforms

In 2019, there was an influx in investment into Intelligent Learning Platforms that make learning fun. In 2020, the investment into intelligent platforms is set to continue with a focus on making the employee learning experience more enticing.

As these investments trickle into the L&D industry, technology is set to improve and platforms will become more advanced.

Personalised learning powered by AI

AI has been constantly improving the L&D space for years now, but 2020 is set to be a big year for AI in the learning industry. In fact, a recent Oracle study found that HR leaders believe AI will positively impact both L&D (27%) and performance management (26%) over the next two years.AI is set to make learning more personalised in 2020, enabling employees to access the most relevant information. AI will encourage intelligent learning platforms to become personalised learning environments where people can flourish.

Self Directed Learning

Hand in hand with the AI developments, L&D is expected to see more self-directed learning in 2020. User autonomy will become more widespread, with tailored learning environments that enable an individual to immerse themselves.Instead of having libraries of content that are stagnant, L&D teams will focus onintegrated, searchable systems that encourage a self-directed approach. This exciting move toward self-directed learning should put the power in the hands of the employee, invigorating their learning process.What do you think of our 2020 predictions for L&D? Tell us over on Twitter @HowNowTeam

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