When discussing what is coming down the pike for corporate training, we often speak of online learning, forward-thinking employee development plans, and credentialing. But what if you want to go further into the forecast? These are the technologies corporate trainers should be looking for in their long-term plans.
The Internet of Things and Sensors
You see an increasing amount of people wearing fitness bands, digital thermostats in homes, and smarter security systems. It won’t be long until smart business trainers figure out ways to incorporate these ideas into the workplace.
Fitness sensors can be used to measure the physical stats of workers on the assembly line, allowing trainers to better design ergonomics courses. Facial sensing can measure learner reactions to training content down to the millimeter. These ideas, and many more, have the potential to make enterprise training more effective.
Personalized Content Delivery
Until now, it has been up to training staff and managers to prescribe learning content for their employees based on the business’s needs. That may be a chore of the past.
Whenever you use apps like Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon, the software takes your previous habits and recommends new things for you to try. It won’t be long before the same concepts make their way to training content and delivery systems. There obviously still needs to be room for enterprise leaders to plug in the goals of the organization, but there should be less manual work.
Other Upcoming Technologies
Both Oculus and Google’s Cardboard have gathered thousands of pre-orders and waiting lists. Virtual reality is entering the mainstream and it won’t be long until it starts being used in remote learning and simulations.
3D printers are not only tools to be used in the workplace, but they can also serve as training tools in such fields as drafting, machine work, and repair. It will eventually be much cheaper for a machinist to practice their skills with a 3D printer than an actual block of metal.
Along with sensors that workers can wear, drones can also be used to remotely monitor work conditions, skills, and procedures without interrupting the efficiency on the work floor. Drones are getting smaller and much cheaper, as evidenced by how popular they have been in recent holiday seasons.