The CIPD’s annual survey report on Learning and Development is a valuable and hotly awaited piece of research in learning industries. The report contains a wealth of information about the profession in general. However, people with an interest in digital learning, especially, look to it each year as a barometer of attitudes towards and adoption of technology within L&D departments.
This year’s report shows digital learning on the increase:
- Three-quarters of organisations now use technology for learning
- Most anticipate an increase in their use of learning technologies
- A third of organisations have increased their investment in learning technologies over the last year
However, the report also states that many lack confidence in their ability to use it effectively. Just a quarter of respondents felt at all confident in their ability to harness technology for learning interventions.
This chimes with the results of our own research. Earlier in the year, we polled L&D attendees at the Learning Technologies exhibition with the question: ‘Is there a technology skills crisis in L&D?’
Over 53% of attendees felt that there was indeed a real problem. You can read more about this research, and the findings of our think tank discussion on the subject here:
We’d like to commend the CIPD for producing such valuable research, but also for raising awareness about the need for greater understanding about the best way to use technology for learning.
Another finding of interest to us, as a company that creates award winning bespoke elearning and also supplies the largest catalogue available of ‘read-made’ or off the shelf learning resources, is that about half of L&D content is developed from scratch. Clearly a major decision faced by L&D is whether to ‘buy or build’. We’ll be blogging in the near future about how you make this decision, and also about a new trend in learning content: content curation – and how to do it well.