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Bersin's 2007 Predictions

You've just read some of the Bersin study results (my last post). Now let's take a look at Bersin's top 10 training industry predictions for this year. And now that we're already 1/4 of the way into the year, you can see if these predictions are already coming true in your learning organization:

  1. 1. Continued increase in training budgets - Training-related spending increased by 7% in 2006, the highest increase in 5 years. We expect spending in 2007 to match or even exceed this rate.
  2. 2. The structure and operation of corporate training will change - Learning organizations are increasing spending on technology. In fact, in 2006, payrolls declined on average by 11%. New skills and management structures will be needed to meet training's new role as a shared services organization.
  3. 3. Use of outsourcing becomes standard practice - Companies have discovered that outsourcing can help them implement an infrastructure that reaches more employees at far lower costs and allows staff to focus on company-specific needs and performance consulting. We believe every organization should have a defined outsourcing strategy in 2007.
  4. 4. Leadership development takes center stage - Research in 2006 showed leadership development and management training to be the highest area of program spending. Spending will likely be higher in 2007 as companies scramble to fill the leadership pipeline.
  5. 5. Talent management will change the role of HR - HR's mission, supporting technology, staffing resources, and priorities will all continue to change, and likely at a rapid rate. Performance management, competency management, and talent-driven learning will be areas in which HR and learning are tightly aligned.
  6. 6. E-learning matures and evolves - Now that e-learning is mainstream, companies are moving to more sophisticated uses of e-learning content and technology, such as for performance support, collaborative learning, and simulations.
  7. 7. Content management becomes an imperative - About 40% of mature LMS users are now considering or actively searching for content management solutions.
  8. 8. E-learning 3.0 arrives - First there were online self-study courses; then came virtual instructor-led training. The next stage is self-published training - resources such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Innovative training organizations are now working to harness these resources.
  9. 9. New approaches to e-learning emerge - Some organizations have implemented "high-fidelity" online training programs. These instructionally rich courses, which include avatars and sophisticated simulations, were designed to develop and deepen mastery in areas such as customer service and sales.
  10. 10. The LMS market continues to morph - Many companies are now looking to LMS solutions as the foundation for talent management platforms, with modules for performance management and integration with other HR systems. The market will see more partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions to meet the new demands of HR and learning convergence.



  • Jenna, Excellent article. I concur with the trends that you are seeing especially with learning management systems and outsourcing. We are seeing this with our clients within medical education. I also anticipate the role of open source elearning technologies to play a big role as well in the changing landscape. What are your thoughts about how open source will impact elearning?

    Thank you, Jeremy Lundberg, MSSW, DLC Solutions.

    By Blogger Jeremy C. Lundberg, MSSW, at 3:42 PM EDT  

  • Thank you for posting this. It is dead on in timing for what my organization is going through. Our small organization is moving to more and more out sourcing but this worries me. It's not my own job but I just think that open source is making free and low cost services available that we can use to reduce outsourcing. Here are three of my favorites. I would also like to know what others are using and how.

    We have found a way to use Basecamp as an educational tool for softskills. It is low cost or free.

    We use (You need a cell phone for this one) for training on physical devices / objects. Free or low cost.

    We use Adobe acrobat / reader to embed podcast for an interactive training platform - we evaluate with acrobats test ability.

    We have done creative things with these and other tools but I'm always looking for more ways to prevent excessive outsourcing of our mission.

    Eric. Corporate Learning Designer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 AM EDT  

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