Towards Maturity is a UK-based but global initiative looking at organizations use of technology for learning. While not as well known in the US, they’ve been conducting research benchmarking on what organizations are doing and trying to provide guidance as well. I even put their model as an appendix in the forthcoming book on reforming L&D. So I was intrigued to see the new report they have just released.
The report, a survey of 2000 folks in a variety of positions in organizations, asks what they think about elearning, in a variety of ways. The report covers a variety of aspects of how people learn: when, where, how, and their opinion of elearning. The report is done in an appealing infographic-like style as well.
What intrigued me was the last section: are L&D teams tuned into the learner voice. The results are indicative. This section juxtaposes what the report heard from learners versus what L&D has reported in a previous study. Picking out just a few:
- 88% of staff like self-paced learning, but only 23% of L&D folks believe that learners have the necessary confidence
- 84% are willing to share with social media, but only 18% of L&D believe their staff know how
- 43% agree that mobile content is useful (or essential), but only 15% of L&D encourage mlearning
This is indicative of a big disconnect between L&D and the people they serve. This is why we need the revolution! There’s lots more interesting stuff in this report, so I strongly recommend you check it out.