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Sanjana Shirke

GroupM

Making technology-driven training popular with the masses, without losing the connect (that comes naturally with classroom training)

How can we (in L&D) train people in technology, data, social...and not use it ourselves?! With increasing employee strength and even more increase in the demands on training, it would be foolish to think that 8-16 hour classroom sessions is the only way to fuel learning. At GroupM we have embraced technology to disseminate learning through Skype, e-learning modules and even mobile, through smart messaging. But how we do make sure that people truly understand and absorb the learning, they way it is experienced in classrooms? Employees still want to "learn with trainers face to face" rather than be a passive recipient. While we have positive feedback on some of our technology-driven learning initiatives, it is not equated to training. Are there any best practices out there that have successfully created a true blending-learning approach? And importantly, how do we know they have worked? Does it require a shift in mindset from employees or is there something else at play?? Looking to generate actionable measures through this discussion.

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