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Elearning Trends 2016: Social and mobile features are top priorities

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New Brandon Hall Group study found companies want an LMS with social and mobile features

A new Brandon Hall Group study found companies are spending money on their learning and development in 2016 due to being dissatisfied with their current learning management systems (LMS). In many learning and development departments, the study showed social and mobile functions as the top two priorities among companies.

In the excerpt below, Brandon Hall Group examines why it’s more important than ever for companies to implement an LMS with social and mobile capabilities in 2016.

Social and Mobile Technologies are the Biggest Priorities

Companies say that new technologies are the top priority, but there are myriad technology issues clamoring for attention. Within the chaotic learning environment, the biggest priorities within technology are social and mobile solutions.

Brandon Hall Group has been researching learning technology for years, and mobile and social have been steadily climbing the priority list. Now, they sit firmly on the top, and organizations are hungry for platforms that leverage new technologies to allow for a more “just-in-time, just-for-me” learning experience. While the LMS accounts for about 39% of the learning technology budget on average, companies are still spending averages of 4.7% and 4.3% on social and mobile technologies, respectively. That’s on top of the money they are already spending on their LMS, and more than one-third of companies expect those percentages to grow over the next year.

When it comes to technology-enabled informal learning, more than half of companies consider discussion forums and collaboration platforms as either essential or critical to the business. The problem is that they give all major solutions a failing grade. When 46% of companies consider discussion forums essential and 8% consider them critical to the business, it’s a significant problem when only 5% say they are very satisfied with the discussion functionality of their current platform.

If you’re interested in learning more about the learning technology trends for 2016, download the full Brandon Hall Group report, available exclusively from Docebo.