Step back for a moment and look at how you’re delivering training in your organization today. You may have a mix of classroom-based courses, online instructor-led programs and maybe some self-paced online courses. Some of the courses may be custom-created while others may be off-the-shelf or more generic to your industry. Some may be developed in-house while others may be from consultants. And, you may or may not be tracking the use of this training in a learning management system (LMS).
Now, imagine what learning looks like in your organization in the year 2012 and beyond. You may see blended courses, rapidly developed programs, simulations, mobile modules, and social learning applications such as wikis, podcasts and blogs. You may imagine formal, structured courses and informal mentoring and knowledge sharing. You may also envision that all learning activities correlate to your organization’s mission and provides a measurable return on investment. And, you may picture a web portal to all of your organization’s learning opportunities and a learning management system to track all learning activities.
While imagining is fun and doesn’t really require much of a commitment, turning a vision into reality is another story. This is especially challenging for training leaders who need to get things done right now with reduced staff and resources. If you’re serious about transforming learning in your organization, you have to insist on the time and resources needed to create a plan. Without a plan, it is highly unlikely you’ll see your vision become a reality.
As we approach the end of this tumultuous year, you owe it to yourself, your team and your organization to invest the time in creating a learning and development plan that strategically focuses your training efforts on achieving your organization’s mission and goals. While it’s not as easy as imagining a vision, it can be just as fun and far more valuable. The plan you create today will lead to the transformation you seek tomorrow. Let us know if we can help and feel free to share your experiences with our learning community.