On 19, 20 and 21 March, the Human Resources Exhibition took place in Porte de Versailles. It’s the major annual event in the field of training and digital learning with nearly 9,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors each year. The UbiCast team was once again exhibiting and we were able to observe some trends and in particular an idea which was predominant through all the activities of the exhibition: to humanize training.

(Re) place people at the heart of training

These last years, digital transformation was so present in companies’ concerns that the Human has sometimes been a little neglected in favor of the Digital. Not enough involvement from people has had a counterproductive effect and drastically reduced the motivation of learners in most cases. According to some journalists, the MOOCs have even failed in their teaching role, but in reality it is just an adjustment of these tools that is needed, as for any novelty on such an important scale.

Humans are social beings, and as we have seen on this blog, they need interactions to effectively reinforce their learning. We learn from and with others, since the dawn of time, since the Neanderthal was already a social being.

Today, we are witnessing a return to strength of collaborative tools that interweave real and digital interactions in learning. Community LMSs, more advanced Blended Learning tools and more advanced Social Learning features were massively featured at this show.

Relevant and easy-to-access content

The second trend strongly linked to social learning is the relevance of content. We want to spend less time searching and watching videos and more time learning. In this context, we see the appearance of tools to filter content in a more and more efficient way, and these contents are always shorter. In this context, we see appearing new content creation tools always easier to access and quick to take in hand. Thus the EGC, the Employee Generated Content trend intensifies, and the individual expertise is more valued in the companies.

Development of Soft Skills

Third observation, very consistent with the trends mentioned above, is the development of soft skills. Everyone can develop their skills according to their individual motivations. And the soft skills are thus valued.

What is Soft Skills? Soft skills are the intrinsic human qualities that make an individual’s personality. They are emotional intelligence. As opposed to hard skills: technical know-how and skills validated by a training. These may be innate behavioral skills, or skills acquired through the candidate’s experience (sports competitions, associative involvement, trips abroad). https://www.morganmckinley.fr/en/article/the-soft-skills-these-competitive-competitive-competitions-the-different-the-difference

People are once again placed at the center of the organization, with today the possibility to open up its spectrum of possibilities and to train on skills that come out of the classic job description.

Knowledge sharing is a timeless concern that revolves around new tools and adapts to new behaviors. These innovations presented at the SRH show are part of a broader trend: the society itself is a learning organisation. The promise is to learn throughout his life.