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Three conclusions after Learning Technologies 2024.

Learning Technologies 2024
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From cocktail bars and stuffed tigers to raffles and Stormtrooper suits, you came across the craziest things at Learning Technologies 2024 in London. Anything to get noticed. You would almost forget what the event was really about: a glimpse into the current state of L&D (or with a nice itching word: organizational learning). What is going on in the industry? And where are we going? We list LT24’s main conclusions for you.

Learning Technologies 2024

Ai, ai, AI

The biggest open door of all: yes, everything (but really everything) revolves around AI. While during the 2023 edition it was still doubtful and even the joke went around that only ChatGPT would make it to the next Learning Technologies, this year it is clear that AI has changed the L&D world forever. And will continue to change.

Artificial Intelligence made its appearance so quickly and so much became possible in such a short time that organizations are still searching for what AI is and especially what it is not suitable for. Many organizations have only taken their first steps in AI. Translating with AI is a particularly popular starting point. Logical too, because translations of learning solutions have long been a time-consuming and therefore costly job. You can now translate complete course content into a wide variety of languages at the touch of a button. Small note: the quality is good, but certainly not perfect (yet!). Especially when it comes to subject-specific terms or expressions. So just checking it out anyway.

Opportunities and pitfalls of AI

All in all, LT24 offered a nice glimpse into the future of online learning. Combining VR with AI-generated conversation partners, who can respond to your words on the spot. Integration of AI into learning management systems so that learning outcomes can be quickly analyzed and relevant follow-up training offered. These are opportunities that make our and probably your hearts beat faster.

The biggest pitfall around AI use in online learning: convenience over experience. Several parties at LT24 demonstrated how to create a complete e-learning in ten minutes. Fast and cost-effective. But very impressive was not the end result. Flat, distant and above all, zero perception. Away maximum learning. This application of AI feels like a step back in time. Back to the old days, when e-learning was mostly a “must” after all; a text-plate course offered without an underlying idea. By now we have come to recognize – thankfully – the importance of learning experiences, interactivity and the visual aspect of online learning. That’s not exactly where those “microwave trainings,” which AI brews up in minutes, fit in. But as always with artificial intelligence: in the near future, this just might be possible.

Learning Technologies 2024

Closing the skills gap

We don’t yet know if it’s as here to stay as AI, but the trend of the year is skill-based learning. With or without artificial intelligence: that skills gap (the difference between the skills an employee should have and the skills the employee actually has) must and will close . As a result of all technological developments, many jobs are no longer future-proof: different skills (reskilling) or additional skills (upskilling) are needed. Digital learning solutions are of course the way to go in this regard. And don’t overlook the role of the LMS in particular. Thanks to data analysis (thanks again AI!), insight is gained down to the individual level into how big the personal skills gap still is and what you can use to solve it. This gives not only the individual employee but also the employer great insight into the path to achieving organizational goals.

Compliments to you (okay and also to ourselves)

Somehow we already knew it, but confirmation is always nice: we in the Netherlands are incredibly far along in terms of digital learning. You noticed that in London by everything. Thus, the proportion of Dutch organizations was relatively large. You could talk at least as much Dutch as English, even though LT24 is a global event. It looked like the Spanish costa.

Because you also get a lot of insight into the L&D world in other countries, we can confidently conclude that “we Dutch” are doing very well. We are taking advantage of the technological opportunities and are already applying it in full in our digital learning products. In doing so, we also appear to be particularly forward-looking. The present is actually past, thinking ahead is the motto! So a compliment to you (forward, and also to ourselves).

Staying future-proofed as a learning organization?

Now the important thing is to maintain our leading position. Let’s figure out together how your organization stays future-proofed in online learning, shall we? Give us a call or drop by on the “seventh. We are happy to help you.

About Ivo

Ivo Terpstra is Digital Learning Specialist at inBrain. With his background in journalism and love of language, he is always looking for creative ways to communicate a story in a clear way to the target audience.

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