Training Development: 5 Trends Dominating the Industry

The training development industry is always exploring new ways to improve and enhance the experience by shaking up the traditional classroom structure. If there are forms of training that increase the number of information subjects absorb during sessions, they are quickly implemented.

What are the trends that are making a profound impact on the industry today? Here are five trends we’ve noticed gaining popularity.

1. Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

When VR and AR hit the consumer market in 2014, the forecasted impact was massive and, in hindsight, quite unrealistic. The consumer market has since cooled on VR and AR as finding the right application for everyday consumers has proven challenging. Yet, the technology has recently discovered a productive niche as an outstanding tool for training.

VR and AR present subjects with an immersive and engaging training experience. Role-playing is a common, albeit useful, training tool. But subjects have started to grow tired of it as it’s been a training standard for several decades now. With VR and AR, subjects can obtain the hands-on simulated experience they need to apply new skills in a fun and captivating way.

2.  eLearning

People are busy. Between a hefty workload, countless meetings, and all of the distractions and commitments outside of work, it can be hard to carve out a block of time on a professional’s schedule to dedicate to training. That’s where the convenience of eLearning is so valuable.

Through online eLearning training, companies can provide their staff with top-notch training programs when it’s convenient for their uniquely busy schedules. They can log on during the workday, over lunch, or after their kid’s baseball game. Best yet, because of the popularity of eLearning there is a ton of highly experienced, cutting-edge developers offering custom eLearning development to companies.

 3. Social Learning

Social learning is a form of training that utilizes a shared learning experience to instruct larger groups of people. Social learning implements a chat or forum capabilities that allow participants in the course to interact with their fellow participants as well as their instructor.

Social learning is a great development tool for some people, as there are individuals who prefer a group setting for learning, and those that ideally prefer to learn alone.

 4. Game-Based Learning

Who doesn’t love playing video games? Game-based learning takes after video games by designing an online training experience that rewards participants with badges, points, and leaderboards. The result is a competitive and enjoyable learning experience that competitive-minded professionals love.

Many companies, as an extra incentive,  reward their employees for performing well in training. Gift cards, free lunches, company swag—there’s a whole host of ways companies can provide real-life rewards in exchange for virtual badges and points employees collect in their corporate learning.

5. Microlearning

As we touched on in the second trend, employees are busy individuals who may struggle to allocate large blocks of time for training. Some companies are utilizing microlearning to better mesh with their employee’s schedules.

Microlearning is a learning style that is designed to deliver training in bite-sized focused learning content. This style supports employees accessing information when they need it without having to wait for a class to be offered.


Through virtual reality, eLearning, social learning, game-based learning, and microlearning, companies are finding new and improved training trends that their employees love.

If you need help with your corporate learning programs, contact ISC Technology today to learn how we can provide your company with the talent, education, or consulting you need for your training development program.