Employee-generated learning: What you need to know

Self-direction seems to be a major trend in today’s organizations. This applies not only to everyday tasks and projects but also to the way employees want to learn. With L&D budgets getting smaller and the demand for fresh materials that are up to date with market developments, a new current is on the rise.

Today’s workers search for online resources and courses whenever they are faced with a challenge or need to solve a problem. These resources are not necessarily the work of internal learning designers but created by peers and professionals working in the same field.

Apart from sensitive internal procedures or safety information, content is increasingly likely to be employee-generated or curated.

Taking a user-generated approach to learning is consistent with the disruptive transformations of old-school corporate learning. Essentially, this way of disseminating knowledge in the organization means giving subject matter experts a free hand in creating and editing learning content in their specific areas of expertise.

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