The Learning Rush Alert

Last year, our in-house learning prophets, collectively known as SweetRushstradamus, made a few predictions about instructional design future trends they foresaw for 2020. And…well, let’s just say our crystal ball didn’t show the whole picture.  

As the saying goes, hindsight is always 20/20—and we’re so glad 2020 is behind us! But we also want to celebrate the agility and resilience the L&D community has shown in responding to some very sudden changes. 

A few of those changes will stick around for the foreseeable future: we’ll need to continue transforming our live training to virtual, creating virtual learning programs that overcome screen fatigue, and finding ways to learn and work together while we can’t actually be together. 

We at SweetRush have been working virtually for over a decade, so we wanted to share some of the virtual learning design and cultural transformation magic that’s helped us—and our partners—thrive. Here are four of our finest resources to help you tackle the current trends in instructional design.

Current Instructional Design Trends: 2020 and Beyond

Practical Alchemy: Live → Virtual Training Transformation 

Have some live instructor-led training (ILT) that you need to spin into virtual (almost) overnight Current Trends in Instructional Design? Rise to the challenge with our guide to the practical alchemy of converting ILT to VILT

Download: Best Practices for Quickly Converting In-Person Training to Effective Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning Spelled Out 

Looking for ways to invigorate your learners now that your virtual training transformation is complete? Get inspired with five stories of powerful, purposeful eLearning experiences that won’t go up in smoke. 

Download: Virtual Training Case Studies to Spark Inspiration

Are Your Learners Ready for the Quantum Treatment? 

Teleportation used to be the stuff of science fiction, but current virtual reality technology brings the future closer than ever. Learn how and when to beam up your learning program with our essential VR guide

Download: Virtual Reality for Our New Reality: Your Guide to VR Training Programs

Telepathy for the Telecommuting Leader 

Leading a team that’s moved from the office to the ether has challenged plenty of people managers. This Q&A with our masters of employee mind reading—okay, cofounders and culture experts—will help you create a thriving team from afar. 

Read More: Leading Remote Teams Webinar: Answer to Your Questions


What future instructional design trends can we look forward to in 2021? We’re still sorting our tea leaves, but join our mailing list and you’ll be the first to know what’s in store!