Pluralsight announced the findings of two new studies that provide insights into learning styles of the Indian IT professional and how gamifying learning is making it more interesting.
Conducted by market research firm KANTAR IMRB, the studies surveyed 568 IT professionals across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, NCR, Kolkata and Ahmedabad on how an IT professional in India likes to learn, her views on various learning methods, has she set learning goals for herself and how it links to her personal and career growth. The second report surveyed 106 IT companies across the services and product space and looks at how the IT industry is making learning interesting with gamification, how many companies are adopting it and what experience bracket they believe is the right target for gamified learning.
Key findings from the studies include:
Learning Styles of the professional
● 97 percent of IT professionals believe in the importance of building one’s technology skills and 74 percent of them have undergone learning programs in 2016
● 48 percent of IT professionals have set learning goals for themselves in 2017, those who did link it to career growth and better pay
● 69 percent of IT professionals feel that online learning is more effective than offline training. Only 8 percent of IT professionals consider ILT (instructor-led training) to be an effective learning method
● 74 percent of IT professionals want freedom in what they learn rather than being directed
● Just-in-time, byte-sized and repeat learning are emerging as new learning styles
● 94 percent of IT professionals feel personalization of learning experience, 93 percent feel byte-sized learning and 92 percent feel adaptive online assessments as key developments that will impact learning in next two years
Gamification in Learning
● 90 percent of IT organizations are implementing gamification in learning, 80 percent find gamification relevant and unique
● 47 percent of the IT industry considers employees with eight or more years of experience as the target audience for gamification, while 37 percent considers employees with 0–8 years as the target audience – breaking the myth that gamification is only for younger employees
“Learning styles have changed over time and are becoming online, personalized and byte-sized. Online learning will play a key role in helping the IT industry reduce the skills gap by helping them assess their skills, find or build the right learning paths, get instant expert help and apply learning interactive labs. Learning must also be made interesting. It is exciting to see the rise of gamification in learning in India. Gamification brings in the 3 elements of progression, pride and play into learning and promotes a socially inclusive culture”, said Arun Rajamani, Country GM at Pluralsight India.
Pluralsight’s learning platform is designed to help technology professionals with a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including adaptive skill tests, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, and interactive labs and live mentoring. These tools help inculcate a goal-oriented learning habit via Assessments and Skill Paths, support personalization of learning via Channels, and the modular design of courses may help address byte-sized learning needs of the learners.