This week Workday announced the launch of its new application – Workday Learning – a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a more personalized, meaningful learning experience. It’s expected to launch in the second half of 2016.
Workday Learning attempts to address one of the problems that exist with current LMS programs – that users are usually unaware of the various features that can help improve their learning process. The training process for these is impersonal and usually lacks a connection to the employee’s needs. Because of this, most of what is learned it quickly forgotten and actually stalls individual progress instead of pushing it forward.
According to Amy Wilson, vice president of HCM products at Workday, the new app is needed because “today’s learning management systems are broken. They’re disconnected, impersonal, and not easy or fun to use. We deliberately chose not to acquire a LMS because customers have told us existing solutions do not meet their needs.”
Taking advantage of rich data from Workday HCM, Workday Learning will offer an intuitive, meaningful learning experience that knows the learner and recognizes where the individual sits in the employee lifecycle — whether it’s the first day on the job, a new manager, or someone cultivating core skills and expertise in a current role. By focusing on the learner, it allows a more personalized learning process and is expected to help organizations encourage employee evolvement.
Workday HCM was created using feedback from employees at organizations including athenahealth, California College of the Arts, Cornell University, and McKee Foods.
I can’t wait till the official launch in the second half of 2016 and see how the Workday Learning experience is perceived by Millennials and how it is a able to provide a fast, easy solution to meaningful learning that is adjusted to both Millennials and Baby Boomers.