In 2017

New Research Reveals the Realities of Digital Learning

Cirencester (UK), February 2017 - Fosway Group, a leading European HR and learning analyst, has revealed the realities of digital learning in organisations today with insights from over 1,000 learning-and-development professionals. These are interim results of Fosway’s ongoing digital- learning-realities research, conducted in partnership with Europe’s leading workplace-learning event, Learning Technologies, and its supporting community, the Learning and Skills Group. 

Some key headlines from the interim analysis show that the key drivers for digital learning are increasing learning availability (87%), speed of learning (84%) and learner engagement (83%). Both digital-learning platforms and content are seeing an increase in investment, accompanied by increased investment in the digital-learning team. The areas of digital learning that are seeing most new demand are video learning (77%), mobile learning (76%), and learner engagement (74%) from a platform perspective.

Despite the rapid growth in interest in non-traditional digital approaches, commitment to the LMS remains very strong, with 96% of organisations maintaining or increasing their use. On a negative front, there is concern from learning buyers regarding the quality of solutions for virtual reality and serious games, and MOOCs have the lowest customer experience. The data also explores where digital learning has the most impact, the technology that's in demand, and changing investment for the year ahead. More extensive analysis will be available from Fosway in formal reports after the research has closed.

"We are passionate about bringing clarity to what can be a market dominated by hype, fads, and pseudo-trends,' explained CEO of Fosway Group, David Wilson. "It's important to uncover the realities of digital learning to get to the heart of what's really working - and not working - for organisations in practice, as well as their experiences with digital-learning suppliers. It's about more than just the tools and technologies. Whilst learner engagement as a whole has risen, there are still significant issues concerns over the quality of the customer experience and creating a strategy that delivers sustainable business impact."

The full results will be published in a freely available report in March 2017. An interim infographic is available via the Fosway website.