The top learning trends for 2016 and beyond

Thanks to massive growth and years of innovation, experts feel confident enough to say: It is a golden age for learning.

The industry is changing quickly. Just between 2013 and 2014, the corporate learning industry experienced 21% growth. New learning platforms are enabling new ways of doing things, leading to less complicated and more engaging learning tools. And the influx of millennial influence can't be ignored, either.

HR Dive spoke to various learning experts and industry leaders to discern what will define learning in 2016 and beyond. Below, we outline some of the trends we uncovered – and what they mean for HR departments going forward.

The rise of video and gamification

As the learning industry marches ahead, video has emerged as one of the most cost-effective learning tools on the market, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let's Grow Leaders, told HR Dive.

"If people want to learn how to do something, the first thing they do now is go to YouTube," Hurt said. Video courses are cheap for companies to adopt, especially compared to company retreats that require speaker bookings and lodging expenses.

Companies that make learning videos tend to focus on them being entertaining and engaging. Often, they are paired with gamification efforts for maximum effect.

"The people who produced my course are all millennials and they all said, 'You got to have gamification,' " Hurt said.

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