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Ahead of Learning Technologies, Kineo sets out its L&D predictions for 2024

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As we prepare for Europe's largest learning technologies event, the ever-evolving landscape of Learning and Development (L&D) promises exciting transformations in 2024. Here's a glimpse into the crystal ball, foreseeing the trends that will shape the future of L&D.

1. The data renaissance

Data and analytics will take centre stage, which is no surprise after a decade of building data capabilities in the L&D space. This will be a huge priority for L&D teams that want to thrive in 2024. Despite scoring lowly on the skills capability list for many teams right now, there's a palpable keenness to develop capability in this area. This means L&D professionals will more readily be able to leverage data for informed decision-making and strategic learning initiatives.

2. AI: disruptor and darling of workflows

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to be the darling of 2024. The explosion of generative AI onto the market signals a paradigm shift in how we work and deliver learning experiences, while machine learning continues to develop at a pace, in part aided by better access to (and use of) data. The prevailing sentiment is clear: embrace AI now or risk being left behind. Crafting corporate policies, manifestos, and playbooks to navigate this transformative wave is becoming imperative.

Amidst the AI talk, Kineo are keen to champion the need for human-centred learning. And in a tongue-in-cheek take on the AI buzz, will be putting humans to the test at Learning Technologies this year! Will you beat the AI Apocalypse? You can find out, by playing the game on their stand, G35, at the conference at London ExCeL in April, 17th-18th.

3. Cultivating learning cultures rooted in values

Building a robust learning culture is gaining prominence, with a focus on intertwining beliefs, values, and the employee experience.

What does learning look like and mean in your organisation? This is about clarifying your values and incorporating them across your learning journeys. And, it’s about being exceptional at communicating this to your staff.

4. Learning Experience Design (LXD): beyond Instructional Design (ID)

Learning Experience Design represents an evolution beyond traditional Instructional Design, and indeed beyond thinking about isolated solutions. It’s about considering the larger system or architecture in which people actually learn and improve their skills.

The challenge is to explore the use of diverse learning modalities, acknowledging and embracing the fact that learning happens continuously, with or without formal training (with or without the L&D team!).

Where do your learners go when they need to learn something at the moment of need? Google? YouTube? A friend? Ask yourself how you can bring these types of experiences into your own learning architecture. Ultimately it’s important to consider how you can add value to people and the business while building valuable skills that will fuel the development of individuals.

5. The power of storytelling with data

Aligning L&D with business milestones and correlating data points is the strategy to effectively communicating impact. But to bring data to life, you need to transform it into something people can relate to.

Getting familiar with your learner data and the bigger picture will help you draw conclusions, but it’s only when you map that back to business outcomes that you can really start telling a compelling story of that data.

You must make the numbers about your people, their experiences and their skills. Bringing the story of those numbers to the surface also makes it easier to share these insights with your stakeholders, whether you’re reporting back on an initiative's success or pitching for further investment.

Bonus prediction: embracing the human element

In the midst of technological advancements, there's an important reminder of the human element., and this will be a key theme for Kineo's presence at Learning Technologies 2024. It will still be people who are the driving force of change – enabled by tech and AI as a powerful tool, but not led by it.

We still need those uniquely human qualities – collaboration, creativity, communication, empathy, critical thinking, and emotional judgement. These qualities come together in the best decision-makers who focus on the future, inspiring others to come with them.