Today’s world is one of instant gratification. If we want or need to know anything, we pull these magic devices out of our pockets, do a quick search, and are greeted with thousands of options at our fingertips. Training, like many other facets of our lives, has evolved to meet our expectations of quenching this need for instant access: anytime, anywhere.
What is On-Demand Training?
On-Demand training is exactly what the name indicates—it is real time training based around the learner’s needs and is accessible anywhere, anytime. Think about your On-Demand television subscription. If I want to watch the latest episode of my favorite show, I go to the On-Demand portal, select my show, download, and enjoy. I can do this from my television, phone, or tablet. On-Demand training works in the same way. Once the content is ready and available, you can access it and learn at your own pace.
On-Demand Training versus Traditional Training Methods
Many of us have sat through traditional trainings that are hours long and targeted for a mass group of learners. Typically, you pay attention to sporadic pieces of content, as they are applicable to your role, while finding the end of the Internet on the closest device with a connection around you. I struggled to learn in a traditional method and, to be honest, so did most of my students at first during my teaching career. I changed my teaching methods to better suit my students, and many training industries and programs are adjusting to learners needs as well by producing On-Demand sections of training. These sections can be intentionally designed and implemented in ways that address various learning styles that are found throughout diverse working organizations. My prediction would be to see an increase in how this On-Demand training platform can target differentiation among learners, making learning not only convenient, but also increasingly focused on individual learners.
Additionally, with On-Demand training, you can plan your time and access your materials when it works best for you. Not only is it more convenient, it is more practical for today’s learners. If I know I have an eight-hour training to complete, I can budget my time throughout the week and digest the training in smaller chunks versus traditional methods. I can also revisit sections of the training, if necessary, to practice in areas that I may experience some difficulty. This method of On-Demand training creates a learner-centered environment, as well as an increase in learner responsibility.
On-Demand training also fits easily into the trend of mLearning, or mobile learning through a variety of devices, which there has been a strong increase of in 2017. This again fits into our society’s need for instant gratification. Learning can happen anywhere there is access to a device and the internet.
Why is On-Demand Training Important?
As technology and people evolve, so must learning and training. On-Demand training is a step in the evolutionary pattern of how we learn and experience training. Its importance lies in how it is developing to meet the needs of learners on a daily basis. mLearning platforms address the needs of convenience and purpose to the learner through their ease of accessibility and their capacity to differentiate content for learners. These advantages show how training On-Demand represents a dynamic shift in how we experience training and what changes may be on the way.