Engaging the Modern Learners – The Way Ahead

Engaging the Modern Learners - The Way Ahead

Modern learners is overwhelmed and distracted at the same time. In a typical working week, they spend…

  • 33% in meetings
  • 25% on emails
  • 5% being interrupted
  • 1% set aside for learning

The learner is keen to learn and learning is the #1 reason why people want to join organizations.

94% of the employees would stay at a company if it invested in their career development

Yet only 15% can access learning directly relating to their job         

The modern learner wants personalized timely, quality content where the users want tailored content according to their needs…but it has to be the best. And they give content just 7 seconds to decide if it’s for them or not.                       

They learn as needed, anywhere and at anytime;

  • 56% – at the point of need                                                                                           
  • 48% – evenings and weekends                                                                                  
  • 41% – at their desk                                                                                                         
  • 30% – during breaks and at lunch                                                                            
  • 28% – on their way to or from office

Modern learners’ turns to their phones and search in moments of need and check their phone 10 times an hour.

They prefer learning to be;

  • 93% – On the Job
  • 90% – Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing
  • 76% – Google and Online Resources
  • 74% – Manager Support
  • 65% – Coaching & Mentoring
  • 60% – Job aids & guides
  • 60% – Classroom
  • 49% – Online Self Study
  • 44% – Webinars
  • 40% – Videos

Modern learners value the 3 major parameters;

  • Ease of Use & Navigation – 78%
  • Quality – 79%
  • Relevant & Timely – 77%

Modern learner is motivated to learn…

  • For the love of learning
  • To innovate more
  • To keep up with changes
  • To do job better
  • To prepare for the future
  • To gain new skills
  • To gain a pay rise

Modern learners seek timely, relevant content as they need it.

They are keen to develop skills and want to be empowered to take learning into their own hands. Yet, only 1% of employees are involved in the design of their learning. And less than 20% of workplace learning is mobile enabled.

Learning Skills needed for Modern Learners

Learning Skills are classified under Hard and Soft Skills;

Hard Skills

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics
  • Programming
  • Excel
  • Align Management

Soft Skills

  • Body language
  • Learning how to learn
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Self Promotion & Interview skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking

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