The ten training trends in 2018

The market for digital learning is growing strongly this year. In 2018, ten major trends are gaining momentum to make learning more exciting and effective.

Let’s discover these ten trends at the heart of this year’s training:


Today, we are increasingly being called upon to perform tasks for which we are not necessarily trained. We are being asked to become increasingly versatile. Increasing automation replaces many tasks and transforms many jobs. The training sector must therefore adapt, rethinking training to develop a set of new skills. For companies, it is therefore essential to choose and offer training courses that will enable their employees to develop skills adapted to the new tasks required.

Learner centric

The priority is now given to the learner and then to the content. It is important to understand the learner’s needs, results, experiences and preferences in order to be able to provide them with content adapted and personalised to their needs. It is now easily implemented thanks to the growing power of adaptive learning, big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms to offer personalized content to each learner.


New solutions are revolutionizing training. Among these is the possibility of using virtual or augmented reality where virtual training combines real training. New possibilities and experiences open up with total immersion experiences, 360° videos that also allow content integration, interaction and evaluation.

The ecosystem

Each training manager will have to look for the best partners to find the training service adapted to the new requirements of digital learning. Indeed, not all training services can master all the modalities and technologies. The content must be improved every day, they must build a powerful network of partners and ensure that the LMS integrates xAPI (Experience API) that is to say the standard adapted to the new requirements of digital learning.
Ecosystems in the field of education are becoming increasingly dynamic and rich in content, applications and tools. Building a powerful network of partners will be critical to delivering quality content. The technology adds functionality to traditional LMS platforms (xAPI).


Digital and mobile technology now allows users to connect wherever, whenever and for whatever reason. This allows him/her to easily and continuously access training applications. The learner is freed from the constraints of time, place and materials. He will thus follow his training whenever he wishes during his working day. He or she may also prefer to isolate himself/herself or, on the contrary, meet with colleagues to work on a specific training sequence. This means that content will be accessible via mobile or tablet, whether shorter and subtitled.

Blended learning

Blended learning is a mix of presence and digital. It continues to be the most effective approach to training. However, we also see the arrival of « spaced learning« . It is a question of constructing training paths that allow for assimilation from the workstation, thanks to a separation of sequences. These two concepts mix learning methods according to pedagogical objectives: videos, e-learning, coaching, virtual classroom, virtual reality, TED conference…


Training 2018 is adapted to each experience, work environment, country, culture and need in order to consider the learner as a whole. The content available on the web is very rich and allows for informal learning that adapts to each experience, country working environment, culture and need. The corporate culture will be preserved and shared through truly personalized training. Companies must prepare their employees to evolve rapidly in a fast-paced economic, technological and social environment, and what distinguishes one company from another is its values and culture transmitted through personalised training in management, customer relations and communication.


The ROI assessment will always be analysed on the basis of new skills acquired and performance indicators. The kirkpatrick model is more relevant than ever in evaluating the effectiveness of a training course: technological capabilities allow for better implementation. The relevance and impact of training on the company and its earnings will now be better defined and easier to identify and evaluate thanks to digital tools.


In order for the training to remain a pleasure, it will be rich in storytelling, creating a closeness between the content and the learner, allowing them to identify themselves and project themselves into action. Humour will also be a powerful memory engine.


The AI takes place in our lives very quickly, so we will have to prepare us and especially the employee to evolve with ever more intelligent tools. The daily tasks will be heavily impacted, training will become essential to keep one’s job, to control this intelligence and also to interact with others. Interpersonal communication will indeed become a skill with very high added value.

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Source: JDN: Here are the 10 training trends in 2018 Published on 05 January 2018.