Training experts will help future workers adapt to the inevitable digital change. These include learning and development teams, also known as learning engineers, learning experience designers, instructional designers, educational technologists, experts in talent and organizational development, training specialists or performance consultants. Whatever they’re called, they’ll beat the forefrontoftraining workersto collaborate with the technology to improve productivity and business performance.
Yet these teams themselves are experiencing the digital transformation and also face an unknown future. They too need training.
Many predict AI will have a considerable impact on the field of educational technology.Its presence in educationis expected to grow by 43 per cent by 2022.
The application of AI in educationincludesprofiling and prediction, assessment and evaluation, adaptive systems and personalization of learning and intelligent tutoring systems.
In addition to technical skills, they requireuniquely human capabilitiesthat include the ability to negotiate, motivate, persuade, co-ordinate and identify and solve problems. They will be expected to take initiative, to be critical thinkers, great collaborators and communicators, curious, creative and adaptable. They will need a global mindset, diversity acumen and empathy, to name just a few requirements.
To help their organizations compete in the digital era, learning and development professionalswill have to completely reinvent themselves. They need to engage in continuous learning, to develop new skills, new capabilities and lead the change.
Yet there’s a gap in the literature when it comes to the training, upskilling and lifelong learning once these experts are in the field.
A wealth of information
In the age of ubiquitous information, books, podcasts, magazine articles, blogs and webinars are abundant. Some come with free access; others demand registrations. This requires not only handling the overwhelming amount of information, but also filtering it critically.
Conferences also offer excellent exchange spaces for those who can afford them. Many learning and development professionals engage in conversations on social media in an active attempt to stay close to the trends.
But these random “staying up-to-date strategies” aren’t documented or studied well. This needs to change.