[Review] Embrace the Digital Revolution on Learning & Development

Published on 2016-12-05

On Wednesday 30 November, the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai welcomed Alan MacCharles, Deloitte, Annie Lee, 60kou, and Ola Kallqvist, Celemi, to share their insights on how the digital revolution is impacting approaches to Learning & Development.

With rapid changes occurring across the globe to the ways in which organisations approach Learning & Development (L&D), how can organisations currently competing in China’s marketmake use oftoday’s digital revolution?

Lessons From The Past

Examining how best organisations can build on the latest developments in L&D, the speakers referred to key mistakes from past practices when combining technology with learning:

  • The lack of face-to-face interaction and lengthy study times required for E-Learning
  • Unstructured approaches to technology based learning
  • Unspecified roles for technology based learning

The result of the lessons learnt from the past alongside the latest advancements in digital learning has encouraged the speakers and their respective organisations to update and refine their approaches to L&D.

Key concerns

With views ranging from panellist to panellist on how to respond to the digital learning revolution, Annie referred to the key differences between digital learning and E-learning.

Favouring M-learning as a digital learning model, Annie highlighted M-learning’s ability to retain face-to-face interaction and minimise lengthy study times – an issue said to be central to the downfall of E-learning. 

Assessing the usefulness of digital L&D resources, Ola and Alan highlighted the need for a company to specify exactly how they intend to implement the digital model and the type of model best suited to their company. With the effectiveness of digital learning difficult to track, the panel reminded members of the necessity to calculate investment costs against key short- and long-term benefits. 

As the digital revolution continues to mature, with larger companies likely to purchase the more developed digital L&D resources, it remains to be seen how the digital revolution will impact companies operating on either end of the financial scale.