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Traditionally we learn with and through tools like classrooms, training, and E-learning. Often these provided methods are unappealing and ineffective. Training is often a one-size fits all experience and trainees often do not see the purpose of their training. Further more, most courses are not reflecting the new ways people are learning  But, what is modern learning and how can you implement it in your strategy?

The learning environment is developing at the same pace that our world is changing. This means jobs and profiles are variable and tend to shift fast too. Therefore there is a big gap between hiring the right people, at the right time, and with the right skills. The information available to us is exploding at a phenomenal rate. The wanted skills and knowledge needed now can be outdated and useless within 5 years.

There are two major influences that approach the vision of learning; AI and the Millennial mindset. Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig wrote a book on Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, it’s a leading textbook and used in over 1300 universities. The textbook explains that learning in human form can be translated to Artificial neural networks (ANNs). This is needed for image recognition, decision making, and labeling.

Next, there is the Millennial Manifesto by the Adam Smith Institute that explains how Millennials think and act. One mindset is the shorter university courses. Shorter courses mean there is less paying involved. Making such course available the benefit is they give potential students better options and more choices. 

Gaining information will not be a problem for the future, it’s the way we handle and use it for our daily tasks that will be. In a Harvard Business review article, It’s the company’s job to help people learn, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Mara Swan make the following three recommendations for managers to foster learnability in the workplace: (1) select for it, (2) nurture it, and (3) reward it.

Within SuccessFactors the whole system works on that principle. In fact, It’s to develop your talent, reduce compliance risk, and train you ecosystem to achieve your goals. Inspire a culture of continuous learning with accessible, relevant, and personalized training so you can develop the talent needed to improve organizational strength. 

Right now, leaders need to actively get involved with the planning, learning, and development of their employees. Lynda Gratton explains this In How leaders face the future of work. She addresses that as we live longer, the three-stage life cycle is transforming too. From full-time education to fulltime work leading to full-time retirement. Instead, it’s going to be more fluid, flexible and multi-staged.

Modern Workplace Learning is therefore not only about delivering modern training; it recognizes that individuals learn all the time as an integral part of their daily work – whether they realize it or not –  and that constant independent planned learning is of importance too.

Although many modern professionals recognize they are constantly learning from a multitude of sources as a natural way of life, there are others who think that workplace learning is all about being trained. That said, when it comes to learning in the modern workplace, the first step will involve helping both managers and employees acquire a new mindset about what this means in practice – and how the learning function can help them.

With SuccessFactors Learning and Development, management of these items are inseparable. In other words, the modern workplace of learning is a collaboration between Learning and Development for managers and individuals.


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