In today’s L&D QuestionTime we hear from Sabine Schnorr of Rosetta Stone.

In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?

Improving the impact of soft skills development. With budgets ever tighter and with greater scrutiny on all spending, it is imperative that L&D professionals are able to give clear measures on the success or failure of learning initiatives. The challenge is that measuring soft skills is a very difficult thing to do due to their subjectivity and their unquantifiable nature.

Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?

– peer group conversations
– trade shows
– personal reading
– research from certain organisations (the Learning & Performance Institute for example)

What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?

This will be quite subjective to the type of learning but I feel this would lie in augmented reality, virtual reality & true AI capabilities.

What “game changers” would you like to see and why?

Acknowledgement of the importance of L&D from senior leadership. L&D is still viewed as a benefit or nice to have for a large range of organisations rather than an essential tool to improve business capabilities.

What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2030?

I would like to see a seamless like and ease of consumption of L&D. Digital platforms should make L&D accessible to everyone and quickly.

What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

Spend time developing your functional skills for use in the workplace such as negotiation & communication skills.

About Sabine Schnorr.

Sabine is Senior Director for Europe at Rosetta Stone, the world’s leading provider of online language learning programs. Since founding the German subsidiary in 2010, she was initially responsible for the successful development of the business customer market in Germany. From 2015 to 2018, Sabine headed the Central European business and in the summer of 2018 she took over the entire European market. Prior to joining Rosetta Stone, she was employed by the French language learning software provider Auralog. Sabine has a degree in computer science with a focus on software engineering and IT security.

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