Where Have All the Learning Portals Gone?
Fifteen years ago, the learning field thought the learning portal was going to be a powerful tool to drive employee performance improvement. Now when I look around, it is hard to find the 2016 “All Star” learning portal. While almost every learning management system provides a central entry page for each learner, these systems tend to be fairly nondynamic and only lightly personalized.
What happened to the magical learning portals of our dreams? Here are some observations across enterprises:
- Direct access to learning. Employees prefer a direct link or URL to a specific learning resource or class. While they may have to sign in, many systems allow for embedded login, skipping the need to go to a portal page.
- Some assets aren’t official learning resources. Employees increasingly use learning assets such as corporate video segments, external knowledge objects like TED Talks, social network conversations, and other options not officially considered learning resources — and often cannot be handled or tracked by an LMS or learning portal.
- Personalization, please. The learner is usually not interested in the entire library of corporate learning assets, even if it is organized neatly on a learning portal page. Learners want a highly personalized perspective, sorted learning resources for their roles, certifications, performance goals and learning history. If they do want a learning portal, they want it to be aligned to their needs and requirements.
Learning portals made sense when the primary objective was to manage access to a select set of syndicated learning programs, often mapped to certification or compliance requirements. As the learner has become more involved in choosing from a wider, often more open set of resources, today’s learning portals need to be much more adaptive and personal.http://www.etrainingpedia.com/where-have-all-the-learning-portals-gone/TrendsCourses,Digital,E-learning,Education,elearning,eNews,Learning,Learning Management System,mLearning,Solutions,technology