Monday, February 28, 2011

How will younger generations want to learn?

The abundance of research overwhelmingly supports the Learning Explosion’s influence in the move to the virtual classroom and other online learning platforms.

Consider, for a moment, the number of people with access to the Internet. In 2010, the number of Internet users surpassed the 2 billion mark, of which 1.2 billion are in developing countries. According to ITU World Telecommunication, usage has actually doubled between 2005 and 2010. Plus, worldwide Wi-Fi coverage has grown over 155% since 2006, according to the JiWire Mobile Audience Insights Report.

As younger generations enter the workforce, we will see a widespread shift in the way workers want to learn. In a 2010 report, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that more than one million students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were enrolled in online courses in 2007. The study also found that students in an online learning format actually tended to outperform students learning in a classroom environment...earned higher grades and displayed an overall greater understanding of the course materials.

In just a few years, these students will be filling the offices of your organization. Are you ready for them? If not, be proactive and find out how you can be prepared.

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