MWL Challenge

(or email to organise a private, bespoke challenge for your team)

MWL stands for Modern Workplace Learning. This doesn’t just mean modernizing training and e-learning, but radically changing the way you think about and support learning in the organisation. It means helping to build the social organisation – so that individuals can learn from one another everyday as they work together, as well as empowering employee-led learning, where individuals take more responsibility for their own learning and development.

The agenda for the 12 week challenge is is as follows. Note that whilst the 12 weeks gives this Challenge some structure, it is not a finite deadline; you can take as long as you like to work through it.

  1. Introduction to MWL
  2. Curate the best from the Web
  3. Provide flexible resources
  4. Drip-feed training
  5. Run learning campaigns and challenges
  6. Support continuous social learning
  1. Help groups solve problems collaboratively
  2. Foster connections through networking events
  3. Empower employee-led learning
  4. Develop new professional learning skills
  5. Build new learning mindsets
  6. MWL Challenge Review


  1. This is not a traditional course, where I provide all the content and then test you on it! It is a social experience hosted in a private Yammer group. Each week there will be a short (web-based) briefing followed by a personal Challenge activity, where you are encouraged to share your thoughts and your work with the rest of the group. Note: there are NO synchronous activities, so the Challenge is suitable for any time-zone.
  2. Nothing is compulsory, but you will find that the more you “work out loud” with the other participants, the more you will get out of the workshop.  Even showing “raw” examples of your work is valuable for others to see, it doesn’t have to be a perfect product. And of course, it is also helpful to comment on each others work as well as consider how their ideas might work within your own organization. However, if you would like a Challenge Completion Certificate you will need to complete a final activity.
  3. You will probably want to commit a couple of hours a week for this workshop, but once again it is up to you how much time you devote to it, and also when you do the work.
  4. All participants will receive a PDF copy of Jane Hart’s Modern Workplace Learning book as part of the Challenge materials plus draft material from the upcoming 2017 edition, Modern Workplace Learning: Refresh 2017


Participants come from all over the world and from all types of organisations where they work as L&D specialists as well as consultants. They therefore offer a wide mix of perspectives and ideas.  Here is some feedback from the L&D Challenge that ran earlier in 2016.

“Jane Hart’s L&D challenge takes you through all of the steps for implementing a shift in the role of L&D towards facilitating social and everyday learning, both at personal and organizational levels. I took part in most of the activities, which are relevant and interesting (and fun!) but there is no obligation to participate if something isn’t relevant to your organization or if you don’t have time that week. This takes away the guilt I often feel when I participate late or not at all during a course and so I never lost the motivation to continue working through it. I highly recommend it to everyone – beginners and experts alike.”  Carolyn Gregoire

“If you’re in Learning & Development, you know that you need to change. Traditional Training won’t cut it any more. You need to shape and support modern workplace learning – informal, social, beyond the course and LMS. Jane’s Challenge takes this from an abstract, scary task and makes it possible. The interactions with other professionals are invaluable – you realise you’re not alone and everyone’s willing to help each other out with ideas and practical tips. You’ll come through the challenge with a fresh set of insights for reinvigorating your approach to supporting your business. Highly Recommended.” Stephen Walsh

“The Challenge is a unique learning experience. I would recommended it to anyone in L&D who would like to understand not only where the role of the L&D Practitioner is heading but who also wants to be involved in shaping the role too.

I enjoyed experiencing first-hand one of Jane Hart’s modern approaches to learning – the Guided Social Learning Experience – which is the way in which The Challenge is structured. I think it is both an effective (and enjoyable) structure and I learned a huge amount by completing the weekly Challenge activities and by learning with others on Yammer.

I found Jane’s MWL book (provided as a resource in the program) to be thought-provoking and an excellent read and one that I have continuously referred to. I also found the links to the articles, blog posts, tools etc. written and/or provided by Jane for the activities to be both current and of the best quality.

I will definitely miss receiving the weekly Challenge activity. They not only made me think but they also gave me the proverbial ‘kick’ to try out new activities and tools, and to develop new personal and organisational learning skills and habits.” Justine Jardine


£149 – for payment by credit card or PayPal. Follow the payment instructions below

If you prefer to pay by invoice and inter-bank transfer, please email Please note this incurs an admin fee of £25, and all payment will need to be made in advance of the workshop date.

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