I hope the year 2023 started well for you. It did for me, being re-energized after two weeks off during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. I didn’t work during those two weeks, but I did keep an eye on the social channels that I use most: Twitter and LinkedIn. If you totally shut off for the holidays and are now wondering what you missed: everything was about the new Artificial Intelligence powered chatbot ChatGPT (GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer). You might be up to speed with it, but if not, I will tell you more about it in this edition of the Learning Notes.
It was very interesting to see how ChatGPT fuelled discussions in so many different areas of society and also in mainstream media. I guess the hottest debates came from the education sector. One side argued it should be banned at schools and forbidden for use by pupils and students; who immediately embraced this new opportunity to get their homework done, writing essays, reports and so on. On the other side, progressive educators also embraced the new technology and already found ways to use it to support their teaching. The Learning and Development community also joined the discussion on how to make use of this new opportunity and the role AI can play in workplace learning in the near future.
It is really nice to see all kinds of experiments and applications that are created so fast. I also ran a little experiment for this episode of the Learning Notes. I have chosen only one post in which OpenAI (the company that launched ChatGPT) CEO Sam Waltman warns against using ChatGPT for important topics. Besides that, I looked at the results of Don Taylor’s Global Sentiment Survey (GSS) of 2022 which shows the results on the single question: ‘What will be hot in workplace learning in 2022’. The top three are upskilling & reskilling, collaborative & social learning and personalised learning. So, I asked ChatGPT how training providers can benefit from these three items.
What’s it about?
A quick overview on how ChatGPT pushes boundaries with a remarkable warning by the co-founder and CEO of the company
Why read it?
It gives a nice overview of how ChatGPT pushes boundaries (but does not overcome them).
Learn about the remarkable warning about using it for important things by the co-founder.
Understand a little better how it can be used.
Where to find it?
How can the trend of reskilling and upskilling be beneficial for learning providers?
The trend of reskilling and upskilling can be beneficial for training providers in several ways.
Firstly, it creates a demand for their services as more individuals and organizations seek to acquire new skills and knowledge.
Additionally, it allows training providers to diversify their offerings and stay current with industry trends, which can increase their client base and revenue.
Furthermore, it can also help training providers to establish themselves as thought leaders in the industry and build a reputation for delivering high-quality training programs.
How can training providers benefit from including collaborative and social learning into their offering?
Training providers can benefit from including collaborative and social learning in their offering by:
- Enhancing learning outcomes: Collaborative and social learning can help learners retain information better and apply it in real-world situations.
- Building a sense of community: Collaborative and social learning can help create a sense of community among learners, which can increase engagement and motivation.
- Fostering creativity and innovation: Collaborative and social learning can help learners think outside the box and come up with new ideas and solutions.
- Enhancing problem-solving skills: Collaborative and social learning can help learners develop problem-solving skills by working together to find solutions to complex problems.
- Improving communication and teamwork skills: Collaborative and social learning can help learners develop communication and teamwork skills, which are valuable in both personal and professional settings.
Why is personalised learning and adaptive delivery of learning an opportunity for training providers?
Personalised learning and adaptive delivery of learning is an opportunity for training providers because it allows them to:
- Meet the unique needs of each learner: Personalised learning and adaptive delivery of learning allows training providers to tailor their instruction to meet the unique needs of each learner, which can lead to better learning outcomes.
- Increase engagement and motivation: When learners feel that the instruction is tailored to their needs, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated to learn.
- Improve retention and transfer of learning: Personalised learning and adaptive delivery of learning can help learners retain information better and apply it in real-world situations, by providing content that is relevant to their needs and interests.
- Monitor and track learner progress: Personalised learning and adaptive delivery of learning allows training providers to track and monitor learner progress in real-time and make adjustments to instruction as needed, which can improve the overall effectiveness of the training program.
- Differentiation: Personalised learning and adaptive delivery allow for differentiation of content, pace, and modality of delivery based on the learner’s needs and preferences. Thus, providing an opportunity for training providers to cater to a diverse group of learners effectively.