Casper Moerck Discusses the Post-COVID-19 State of Learning
Casper is a speaker participating in CLN’s L&D Leadership in a Time of Great Change
The Corporate Learning Network is preparing for its very first virtual conference: L&D Leadership in a Time of Great Change. The event, scheduled for July 14 and 15, promises to engage Chief Learning Officers, learning and development leaders and Chief Strategy Officers in conversation about topics related to thriving in a post-COVID-19 business environment.
Leading up to the event, Corporate Learning Network Editorial Manager Mason Stevenson will be interviewing speakers about various topics and getting a feel for their perspective on the corporate learning world now and how it will survive in the future.
One such speaker is Casper Moerck, Head of Learning Technology for Americas at Siemens.
State of Learning
The Post-COVID-19 World
If you were giving a post COVID-19 “State of Learning” address to a room full of learning leaders, how would you describe the current landscape?
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for digital transformation in learning. It has shown that we need to move forward with virtual classrooms, improve our e-learning offerings and generally provide a digital infrastructure and resilient learning eco-system that will continue to support development even through difficult times like these.
Number one challenge facing learning leaders right now? What’s the solution(s)?
The current challenge is obviously the COVID-19 pandemic, but in the slightly longer term it will be a sharp economic downturn. This will require L&D leaders to tighten up their operations and continually drive down cost of L&D while at the same time continue to support increasing needs for development–not an easy task.
Number one strategy all learning leaders must apply? And why?
A move away from an idea that “one system” will serve all L&D or even all HR needs. As we move away from the “one system/process,” we need to embrace eco-systems of learning and development while making the end-user experience even better.
From your perspective, what are the top three learning technologies?
- Learning Experience Platforms or Employee Experience Platforms continue to drive huge improvements.
- Virtual Instructor-Led training platforms. These tools clearly need to improve to allow for better experiences for trainers and employees alike.
- AR/VR solutions continue to improve and with time I see a great future for these technologies.
From your perspective, what does the future of learning look like for companies/organizations?
I believe that L&D will go through the same type of transformation that marketing and advertising went through in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, where there was a significant move from analog to digital tools, systems, approaches and last but not least, mindsets.
This transformation will be driven by technology, but not technology alone. We will need thought leaders to drive visionary approaches to how L&D can take the next steps towards driving value, ROI and impact.
How should learning leaders transform now to meet the needs of the future of learning and the future workforce it will support?
I think this is primarily a mindset thing. The primary personal transformation we must all allow for in the coming years is the fact that the world is facing the fourth Industrial Revolution, and with that comes the tremendous needsfor L&D to serve our business in this transition. But along with that comes the need for L&D to transform itself as well.
What’s the role of innovation in corporate learning now and in the future?
There has been very little innovation in L&D over the last 20-30 years, but this is ending. With new technologies that fundamentally can change how L&D operates like LXP’s, AI, VR/AR/XR, LRS’s etc. I expect to see significant innovation in the coming years.
Number one book every learning professional should read?
The Trusted Advisor by David H Maister, Charles H. Green & Robert M Galford.
L&D Leadership in Times of Great Change
Most seasoned learning and development executives have been through economic crises before. They know the agony before the organization adapts and bounces back.
Yet in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, the collapse in business activity is far more severe than in previous recessions. That's the reality.
That’s the focus of our first online event: L&D Leadership in Times of Great Change. The event itself and accompanying webinars are designed to help learning leaders navigate through uncharted waters. To learn from the best. To avoid expensive trial-and-error learning.
Why attend this virtual conference? You'll hear case studies, winning strategies and evidence-based results from strategic management leaders & learning executives charged with the awesome responsibility of managing L&D in today's new business climate.
The virtual conference is free-to-attend and is open for registration. It begins at 12pm EST on July 14 and 15. To learn more about the event, see the premiere speaking faculty, access pre-event content and to register for the event, click here.