Blogs • 22 Jun 2021

Learning trends to look for in 2021 and 2022

The demand for more digital learning strategies has increased enormously. Does this evolution come as a surprise? We don’t think so. A lot of people are working remotely and are forced to follow their trainings via digital devices. Organizations therefore need to explore other training methods to keep their employees motivated to learn.

Here are 3 learning trends that you can integrate in your digital learning strategy so that your employees can continue developing and learning remotely.  

1. Microlearning: focus on creating short interactive learning modules

Remote working will stay a big trend the upcoming years. Consequently, a good work-life balance has never been more important. Your employees do not want to follow long training sessions of multiple hours. Try microlearning instead. Microlearning can be defined as short and small pieces of information as a video-based or interactive lesson to achieve a specific learning outcome.

It usually takes a learner only 3-10 minutes to follow a microlearning. Studies have shown that microlearning creates 50% more engagement because these smaller ‘chunks’ are much easier to process and therefore, easier to retain and remember later (*). This results in a higher retention rate and motivation of your learners.

2. Integrate Mobile Learning

We are connected to our mobile devices every minute of the day. So why not adapt our learning strategy to this behavior? Mobile learning (M-learning) is a new way to access learning content via these mobile devices. You can follow trainings like videos, quizzes and exercises on your smartphone or tablet, anywhere and anytime. Mobile learning also works with microlearning. If you make your short videos accessible on any device, offline and online, it will increase the retention rate of your learners even more. Learners will benefit from the flexibility of this method and from a personalized learning journey.

3. Stimulate Social Learning in your organization

According to the well-known 70:20:10 framework (**), 20% of someone’s learning happens through interactions with colleagues. This is called ‘social learning’ and can be a challenge during these troubling times where people cannot meet each other at the office. Invest in training tools that include podcasts, blogs and online webinars to give opportunities for your employees to interact and learn from each other. Also, try to include gamification elements like polls and quiz questions to make it more fun and engaging.

At Amista, we use SAP Enable Now, SAP Litmos and MobieTrain to put these recommendations into practice. These e-learning tools all have the capabilities to create a personal, rich learning experience to speed up the ROI of your enterprise applications. It provides your employees with the knowledge they need to succeed exactly where and when it’s needed.

In addition, we’ve created the ZEN Best Practice toolkit with all the elements of a successful digital learning project (read more about it in this article)

  • A tried-and-true learning strategy
  • Training templates can be imported into the solution to shorten the implementation cycle
  • Content creation services where we adapt the learning content to your specific needs
  • We can further enrich the training content with customized avatars, videos and quizzes
  • Finally, we train your people, so they can use the tool themselves to keep the training content up to date


By Iris Kempenaers, Digital Learning Consultant

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