I discovered an article written for People Management magazine Opinion: Training design is dead(ish). The author, Sheridan Webb discusses how social media is changing the way learning solutions are designed. With 20 years experience Sheridan has watched the industry change through the raise of the internet and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. In this article she discusses if there will still be a need for training designers, as content is widely available in various forms and learners only need to ‘google it’. She concludes;
I will no longer be a training designer in the traditional sense. Instead I will be a learning curator, enabling learners and facilitators to access all the information, tools and support they need to get the development they want, when they want it and how they want it – and to help it to develop with them.
Working as a learning designer I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. It is essential to be able to signpost learners to useful content, which may already exist, and explain how it fits with organisational objectives.
Sheridan indicates there will be a need for:
those who can bring to life information through provoking discussions, carefully designed exercises and bespoke case studies.
This is very true, these discussions and case studies can be used to support training solutions and create engaging, realistic scenarios which spark emotions of learners. If the learner is unable to connect with the content and apply it to the real world the message may be lost.
I support Sheridans comment that social media is evolving the way training needs to be designed. Individuals access information for their personal life on so many channels. Hands up who has ‘youtubed’ a problem and found a solution? Our job as designers is to make the workplace training just as accessible.
Training design is also reliant on technology and as this changes, so must the work we design. There is a lot of talk about Virtual Reality (VR) and how this can support training. Being able to put a learner into a virtual situation and learn through real life scenarios is a very exciting prospect. I believe the delivery methods are changing and organisations are going to expect more from designers. Therefore it is essential that as a Learning Design I maintain my CPD and scan across the industry to plan for the future.
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