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  • L&D Professionals: Watch for these innovations in AI

    Hey, L&D professionals! Here at The Thinking Effect, we're all about keeping you ahead of the curve, so here are some significant innovations in AI that will impact L&D later this year and into 2025. Multimodal Mania: Get ready for learning experiences that go beyond text prompts. AI's evolution now includes sound, images, and even physical interactions. These new capabilities will redefine just-in-time learning, performance support, and knowledge management.   In addition, the responses chatbots provide extend beyond text, ensuring more nuanced, human-centered learning experiences. Context Explosion: Remember feeding AI crumbs of information? Well, that’s a thing of the past. Get ready for a feast! AI's understanding of context is about to expand significantly. Echoing the need for nuanced AI applications in L&D will make learning experiences more adaptive and responsive, catering to individual needs and preferences. All in line with the personalized approaches we've emphasized previously. Wearable Wonderland: AI innovations bring us smaller, smarter, and cheaper language models, perfect for powering tiny AI brains in wearables and devices. Think earbuds whispering personalized language lessons, smartwatches providing coaching, or even VR glasses creating immersive learning simulations – all controlled by smaller language models. Speedy Training, Stellar Results: Buckle up for lightning-fast AI training! This means quicker development of new models, lower costs, and ultimately, sharper, more effective AI powering your learning experiences.  Think about L&D having their models trained on your leadership model, aligned with your cultural norms and organizational vision, providing just-in-time learning. Specialization Station: Dedicated AI models for specific tasks are on the rise. Think automated grading, personalized feedback bots, and targeted content creation – all handled by AI specialists trained to do one thing exceptionally well. We're here to help you navigate this exciting journey, so let's build a future where learning is as diverse and dynamic as the human mind itself! Leave us your feedback in the comments on what you would add or modify to the list above. Authors Mike Vaughan & Markus Bernhardt

  • 2024 Predictions: 5 ways AI Will Impact L&D

    Looking back at the mindblowing advancements in AI during 2023, we anticipate a range of impacts AI will have on Learning and Development (L&D) in the coming year. We aim to support the L&D community and welcome your thoughts, suggestions for additions or changes, and points we might have overlooked. From Solo Innovations to AI Synergy: The Future of Collaborative Tools 2023 was a wild ride in the AI world, with an astronomical 10,000 new tools launched! While the innovation shows no signs of slowing down, the future might not be about standalone solutions, but instead a “toolbox” of powerful AI,leading to seamless user experiences. 2023's tools were laser-focused on specific tasks. This helped refine functionalities and train and improve the output, but for users, it meant juggling multiple tools like an air traffic controller. Now, imagine the power of a unified AI toolbox. One tool that generates avatars, adds voices, and crafts contextualized background images – an instructional designer's dream! This user-friendliness will be key to wider adoption. In 2024, seamlessness will be the survival currency. We may enter the age of the "Island of Misfit Tools," where isolated, incompatible options struggle to find a place. Meanwhile, tools that combine their specialties into streamlined experiences will empower users like a master mechanic wielding a well-organized, versatile toolbox, where every tool fits perfectly and serves a specific, crucial purpose." Here's the call to action for L&D leaders: AI vendors: Look beyond your own tool. Explore partnerships, integrations, and collaborations. Build bridges, not walls, in the AI landscape. Users: Let your voice be heard. Demand seamless experiences. Opt for tools that understand your workflow and speak your language, not just ones with the fanciest tech. Remember, the future of AI isn't a solo act; it's a dazzling team performance. By working together, we can create an AI ecosystem where everything clicks seamlessly, empowering instructional designers to achieve their goals while meeting the goals of the business to do things faster, better, and cheaper. A Burning Question for 2024: L&D's Mindshift Revolution As 2023 drew to a close, a recurring theme buzzed through The Thinking Effect team's inbox: "What radical changes in mindset do we need to make to secure L&D's future in 2024?" It's a powerful question that deserves a collective brainstorm from the L&D community. Here's our forecast and some ideas to chew on. By the end of 2024, expect a significant shakeup in processes, people, and technology. But before we get too grandiose, let's zoom in on the nitty-gritty: Many organizations are bogged down for months creating training – some for a whopping 4-6 months! –to build eLearning or workshops. Why? A tangle of inefficiencies: instructional designers grappling with unfamiliar topics, subject matter experts drowning in writing and reviews, stakeholders holding up approvals, and tools requiring too much manual work. In 2024, L&D professionals will need to foster a mindset of – speed. Speed to Product: Design, build, and deploy faster using efficient tools and collaborative workflows. Speed to Proficiency: Craft experiences that accelerate skill development and ensure learners are job-ready sooner. Speed to Performance: Capture data to measure impact, adapt programs, and continuously improve learning efficacy. Resistance is futile. Remember the Cloud and SaaS resistance? Just a decade ago, the idea of storing data in the cloud or using SaaS applications sent shivers down many IT spines. "Never gonna happen!" was the common refrain. Fast forward – everyone's in the Cloud now, using SaaS tools daily. Get ready for another paradigm shift, L&D professionals. 2024 is the year AI explodes in the workplace. With its AI co-pilot, Microsoft Office hits the market in January, followed by the next release of Google's Duet AI. This means the tools you use daily – email, presentations, spreadsheets, word processors – will all have AI built in. And that's just the beginning. By mid-late 2024, expect everything from AI phones and smart home devices (think beyond Alexa and Siri) to AI-powered wearables to flood the market. Resistance is futile, and preparation is essential. This is your wake-up call, L&D professionals. Now's the time to craft your L&D AI manifesto and AI advocacy plan. If you don't, non-L&D professionals might think they can create training and probably will.  That's a recipe for chaos and headaches for everyone, so let’s mitigate the impact. From Content Creators to Experience Architects – The Rise of the Instructional Alchemist Here at The Thinking Effect, our mission is clear: we're on a crusade to equip L&D professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in the age of AI. We believe every L&D professional deserves a seat in this revolution, but here's the catch: you must practice what you preach! Embrace the need for upskilling, reskilling, and adaptation – it's your advice! With AI handling the content and asset creation side of your job, your focus should shift to crafting experiences that cultivate higher cognitive skills – critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and the like. These are the skills the World Economic Forum and other experts highlight as crucial for future success. Forget dusty old eLearning modules and forget-me-not PowerPoint presentations. 2024 is the year instructional designers morph into something far more fascinating: experiential designers. Imagine crafting gamified journeys where learners solve puzzles and level up their skills. Think micro-learning bursts tailor-made to individual needs, igniting the sparks of critical and creative thinking. Picture immersive simulations mirroring real-world scenarios, putting decision-making skills to the test. This isn't just about flipping content on its head; it's about a fundamental shift in design mindset. Forget churning out generic modules. Instead, start with the "aha!" moment in mind. Reverse engineer the experience, building toward that transformative moment where deep understanding and its real-world consequences click into place. Think of yourself as an alchemist of learning, turning knowledge into transformative experiences. You'll need to master the art of: Storytelling and engagement: Hook learners with narratives that captivate and challenge them. Adaptive learning: Personalize the journey, cater to individual needs, and keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Active learning: Ditch passive lectures for immersive games, simulations, and real-world applications. Data-driven design: Track progress, refine experiences, and ensure every element fosters meaningful learning. Embrace the challenge, instructional designers! The future of learning is calling, and you hold the key to unlocking its potential. Become the architect of impactful experiences, not just the curator of content. 2024 awaits, and your learners will enjoy a new journey into experiential learning. Ditch the Catalog, Embrace the Learning Journey: AI Personalized Your Way Imagine AI tools that read your learning style, adjust the pace to your rhythm, and adapt content based on your understanding – in real time! This isn't science fiction; it's happening now. These aren't just tweaks to the old model; this is a revolution. Learning will be: More efficient: No more wading through irrelevant modules. Dive straight into what you need when you need it. More engaging: Forget monotonous eLearning page-turners. Get hooked by content that speaks directly to your interests and challenges. More effective: Master skills faster by practicing the skills across multiple, evolving situations. So, what does this mean for those static course catalogs? They're relics of the past. Instead, imagine: You are creating a course on any topic, industry, or situation – on the fly! Need to train your sales team on the latest product? Boom, in an instant AI-powered course tailored to their specific needs. You are stepping into immersive simulations that mirror real-world scenarios. Practice leadership skills by making decisions as a leader and seeing the impact, or hone your business acumen skills by running an aspect of your business. The possibilities are endless. The best part? This isn't some distant dream. The tools are here, and they're getting better every day. The extensive catalogs with minimum completion ratings and heavy price tags will become part of the L&D folklore ‘Do you remember when we watched hours of videos or had eLearning on one screen while I did work on another.’ The AI Platform Revolution: Why 40% of Companies Will Be Ditching Their Old Systems Remember those clunky, outdated software tools and platforms that look like they were created 20 years ago? Fosway Group predicts 40% of companies will ditch them within two years for a game-changer: AI-centric platforms. 2024 is the year of the smart platform.  Remember all those scattered tools causing chaos? New AI platforms will put them out to pasture. One platform handles everything – authoring simulations, eLearning, micro-learning, and assessments. Deploying self-guided, team-based, and in-person.  Capturing data and generating practical insights.   And yes, AI will do much of the heavy lifting, generating content and assets and slicing and dicing data. Here's the deal: these new AI-powered platforms blow the older ones out of the water. They do it by: Harnessing AI's power to deliver better data and insights. Imagine uncovering hidden trends, optimizing learning, and making better recommendations to the learner and stakeholders. Streamlining your course creation like never before. Say goodbye to lengthy design and development processes and scattered tools. AI platforms will integrate various AI tools, accelerating design, development, deployment, and maintenance. Making technology and learning feel more natural and intuitive. AI will not only make use technology use easier, but it will also significantly change the learner experience. But what about your existing content? No worries! These platforms are designed to leverage what you already have. Ingest your eLearning, PDFs, PowerPoints, and knowledge bases – everything comes along for the ride. Authors Mike Vaughan & Markus Bernhardt

  • Navigating the AI Wave: Transforming Learning and Development for a Smarter Tomorrow

    By Mike Vaughan and Markus Bernhardt Welcome to our Q&A blog, where we dive into the evolving landscape of Learning and Development in the age of artificial intelligence. As questions about the impact of AI on future jobs and workflows loom large, we explore the Thinking Effect approach, envisioning a future where AI relieves us of mundane tasks, and allows us to focus on critical thinking skills. How is AI affecting future jobs and workflows? The way we see it here at The Thinking Effect, AI will enter the job market by automating mundane tasks and workflows, especially those activities that have traditionally been labeled for knowledge workers. This will benefit both employees as well as clients in a number of ways. First and foremost, these tasks will be automated and take place instantly, 24/7. Secondly, the AI-supported processes will reduce ‘human error’ in bureaucratic tasks. From a learning and development (L&D) standpoint, AI will enhance the creation of knowledge-based resources and content. This will enable designers to dedicate more time to crafting experiences that cultivate higher cognitive skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and systems thinking. As AI technologies advance, their impact on the job market is expected to grow significantly. However, predicting the specific effects and their sequence remains challenging and largely speculative at this point. What should L&D, HR, and Talent Leaders be doing right now? In our view, there has been a lot of interest in AI, and early adopters have been exploring how to use AI tools to accelerate time-consuming tasks, and for ideation. Organizations have largely adopted a cautious approach, closely observing the evolving landscape and pinpointing potential opportunities. While some have proactively engaged, many are holding off until their 2024 budgets are finalized. Consequently, we anticipate a significant increase in requests for proposals (RFPs), practical applications, and projects. These initiatives are expected to be more strategic in nature, going beyond individuals using standalone tools for isolated tasks. This implies that organizations will soon start rolling out new business strategies, with communication flowing from top leadership through various departments, teams, and smaller units within the organization. However, the presence of a budget and a vision doesn't automatically guarantee that these efforts at departmental and unit levels will be effective or impactful. In fact, we anticipate many organizations may find themselves grappling with more questions than answers. Therefore, it's crucial to develop a well-defined, actionable, and communicable AI strategy. This strategy should cover everything from ethical considerations to balancing risks and rewards, and the decision-making process regarding the selection and application of tools and use-cases. At The Thinking Effect, we have long advocated for such a strategic approach. For more insights, explore our AI Advocate resources. If you are interested in getting support to develop your business strategy, be it at the leadership level or within a business department or unit, do contact us for an explorative chat: What recommendations do you have for training programs to learn how to use AI responsibly and effectively? In our experience supporting organizations and teams with AI training and implementing an AI strategy, good facilitation, ideally in person and in small to medium groups works best. This approach enables teams to create a common language and mutual understanding, constructively discuss concerns and opportunities, and unite around a well-defined AI strategy. A key challenge, however, will be maintaining the relevance of the AI strategy, given the rapid emergence of new tools and breakthroughs. The AI strategy should be a consensus-driven, clearly communicated, and actionable guide to effectively navigate rapidly evolving technology. It must be tailored to each organization's unique structure, focusing specifically on its product, service, and client strategy. If you are interested in delivering training within your organization, do feel free to get in touch with us for an explorative chat: What are the fastest-growing and fastest-declining jobs? We don’t feel like we have the data and global perspective to answer this question, so we recommend checking out resources from McKinsey, IBM, the World Economic Forum, and BCG. How can AI be used to make their jobs easier? AI tools like predictive text have been part of our devices and applications for some time. Despite significant attention in the past year and the availability of many new generative AI tools (over 400 featured for L&D professionals on The Thinking Effect), their integration into the workforce is just beginning. A notable development is Microsoft's launch of Microsoft Copilot on November 1, an optional feature for enterprise clients within the Office 365 package. The extent and timing of its adoption and visibility in the public sphere are yet to be determined. It is possible that significant uptake may not occur until after 2024 budgets are allocated. However, a major shift is on the horizon: Until now, individuals had to actively seek out AI tools like ChatGPT, signing up for a login or a free trial to experiment on their own. With AI tools becoming integrated into the everyday tools we depend on, we expect a rapid increase in their adoption. So how will this make jobs easier? We could give you a full overview here, in writing, but we’ve provided the link to Microsoft’s intro video for Copilot above, which we think will give you a much better picture of what is already possible. Just imagine the possibilities when capabilities improve further over the next rounds of releases. How will AI shape the future of corporate training and learning as a whole? At The Thinking Effect, we say content is no longer king - experience is. What we mean is that AI is getting better, and at the moment weekly, at creating and packaging content. We anticipate AI will replace eLearning, micro-learning, personalized and just-in-time learning, knowledge and performance management, and other knowledge-level learning modalities. Therefore, we suggest letting AI do what it is good at and equipping humans to do what we’re good at - creating experiences that develop higher cognitive skills, and with a human touch.

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    A place for learning professionals to learn about and use AI tools to advance your career. Over 400+ AI Tools for L&D ​ Find a community of practice to learn with others ​ Unique points of view in the future of learning blog ​ Build your AI acumen or business pl an using these resources L&D Professionals: Watch for these innovations in AI Hey, L&D professionals! Here at The Thinking Effect, we're all about keeping you ahead of the curve, so here are some significant... 2024 Predictions: 5 ways AI Will Impact L&D Looking back at the mindblowing advancements in AI during 2023, we anticipate a range of impacts AI will have on Learning and Development... Navigating the AI Wave: Transforming Learning and Development for a Smarter Tomorrow By Mike Vaughan and Markus Bernhardt Welcome to our Q&A blog, where we dive into the evolving landscape of Learning and Development in... See all the blogs > Resource Overview Perspectives on AI impact to HR Given its ability to complete cognitive tasks, research and opinions suggest that generative AI is affecting the future of work Gen-AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to reshape the global economy, especially in the realm of labor markets. Now decides next: Insights from the leading edge of generative AI adoption Now decides next: The state of generative AI in the enterprise is a quarterly report series by the Deloitte AI Institute exploring how actions taken now will guide Gen AI adoption and impact. Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2023 The AI Index is an independent initiative at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), led by the AI Index Steering Committee, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across academia and industry. ChatGPT is an emerging AGI according to Google Deepmind Google Deepmind has proposed a new framework for classifying the capabilities and behaviors of artificial general intelligence (AGI) and its precursors. Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning This report addresses the clear need for sharing knowledge and developing policies for Artificial Intelligence How Generative AI Will Transform HR A fundamental transformation into a more strategic, value-added, insight-driven HR organization New global study from the IBM Institute for Business Value on the skills gap shifting New IBM study reveals how AI is changing work and what HR leaders should do about it CEO decision-making in the age of AI The IBM Institute for Business Value, in cooperation with Oxford Economics, interviewed 3,000 CEOs from 30+ countries and 24 industries on AI Augmented work for an automated, AI-driven world AI won’t replace people—but people who use AI will replace people who don’t. Generative AI and the future of HR A chatbot may not take your job—but it will almost certainly change it. Here’s how to start thinking about putting gen AI to work for you. Understanding AI in HR A Deep Dive A Deep Dive Whitepaper from The Josh Bersin Company Generative AI and the future of work in America By 2030, activities that account for up to 30 percent of hours currently worked across the US economy could be automated - a trend accelerated by generative AI. The economic potential of generative AI According to a new report that examined 850 jobs across 47 countries, leading consulting firm McKinsey estimates that generative AI could add somewhere between $2.6 trillion to $4.4 trillion annually to the global economy. Insights from American Workers Checkr surveyed American workers from four generations to uncover their feelings about adoption of generative AI tools at work The AI Index Report The AI Index is an independent initiative at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), led by the AI Index Steering Committee, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across academia and industry. Expanding AI’s Impact With Organizational Learning Organizational learning with AI is demanding. It requires humans and machines to not only work together but also learn from each other — over time, in the right way, and in the appropriate contexts. The State of Organizations 2023: Ten shifts transforming organizations Can AI play a role in building the organization? You better believe it. LinkedIn Global Talent Trends Report LinkedIn’s report shows that while hiring has slowed around the world, many forward-thinking employers are prioritizing internal mobility, in part because employee skill-building is linked to higher rates of retention. Future of Jobs Report Economic, health and geopolitical trends have created divergent outcomes for labour markets globally in 2023 Future of jobs 2023: These are the most in-demand skills now The World Economic Forum has predicted these likely skillsets – and how demand for them could grow – in its Future of Jobs 2023 report. Comparing Physician and Artificial Intelligence Responses to Questions A study comparing ChatGPT vs. Doctors for responding to patient questions demonstrated the clear-cut superiority of ChatGPT for more accurate and empathic responses. ChatGPT and AI in higher education The Quick Start Guide provides an overview of how ChatGPT works and explains how it can be used in higher education. Ethics in the Age of AI: Generating the Future Responsibility co-founders of Ethical Compass Advisors, share fascinating insights where the potential pitfalls might be with generative AI. World Trends Report The World of Work Trends Report 2023 presents the latest trends in people strategies and practices emerging from leading organisations worldwide. When Content Creation Goes to Zero The most significant consequence of AI is that it will push creation costs to zero. Highlights of ChatGPT 4 What's new with ChatGPT 4 World-class AI for education By leveraging AI, we can bring the benefits of one-on-one tutoring—deep understanding, confidence, clarity, and empowerment—to all students. The future of L&D: How AI is revolutionizing talent development For organizations to remain competitive in today’s rapidly evolving work environment, they must keep up with these advancements. Upskilling How to use simulations to engage, grow, and retain your workfoce HR Predictions 2023 CEOs and CFOs are going to push to maintain and grow profits, focus on cash and financial sustainability, and search for new postures for growth. Developing Your High Potential Organizations are finally beginning to come to grips with the fact that formal learning represents a relatively small percentage of how people learn. See all 30+ resources > LipDub Video Midjourney AI Image Synthesia Avatar Eleven Labs Voice See all 400+ AI Tools > Button Button Experiential Learning While AI and neuroscience have their place, hands-on activities and real-world scenarios provide the most effective way for learners to truly understand and apply what they have learned. By focusing on experiential learning, L&D professionals can help learners develop the skills they need to succeed in their roles and stay ahead in their careers." AI vs Neuroscience While AI has its place in the L&D field, I believe that a focus on neuroscience is ultimately more important for developing truly effective learning and development strategies. AI can actually be helpful Through this website, I have learned how AI can actually be a powerful tool for L&D professionals, enabling us to create more personalized and effective learning experiences for our learners. Contact us >

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