The 10 most popular articles in the MWL Magazine in 2017

The MWL Magazine has been online since 13 January 2017, and since that time 50 articles have been published. Here are the 10 most popular articles in terms of numbers of page views.

1 – A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018
Jane Hart, 7 November 2017
Based on the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017, here is an infographic and description of the Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit 2018.

2 – The case for the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor
Jane Hart, 25 July 2017
The role of the Modern Learning Advisor is about building and supporting self-reliant and self-sufficient modern professionals who make the most of, and learn from all kinds of experiences and opportunities to self-improve and self-develop. It’s not about designing, delivering or managing learning for them.

3 – 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited in 2017)
Jane Hart, 18 April 2017
This article takes a look at how workplace learning has changed over the last 10+ years and its future direction.

4 – Why organisations need to empower employee-led learning
Jane Hart,  13 January 2017
Organisations are no longer like they were 50 years ago; people are constantly moving around in their careers, and this is set to continue.  Individuals mostly want to learn what they need for their job, as and when they need it – and L&D can’t possibly provide everything everyone needs. What is more, people learn in many different ways – not just through organized L&D activities – but every day, inside and outside the workplace.

5 – Company training/e-learning is the least valued way of learning at work: what does this mean for L&D?
Jane Hart, 23 February 2017
Although there are a few interesting generational differences, these are certainly not significant enough to stereotype generational preferences – but there is one thing we need to keep sight of in all this – and that is everyone is different.  But it is also clear from the results that informal, social as well as self-organized approaches are now the preferred means of learning for many, so this would suggest the need for L&D to adopt a new set of workplace learning practices.

6 – Four myths of Social Learning
Helen Blunden, 26 January 2017
In the last couple of years, Helen has spoken to many corporate Learning and Development practitioners about how they may support and enable opportunities for their workforce to learn collaboratively with each other in and during the flow of their everyday work. That is, “social learning’. During these conversations, she noticed that there were some myths about social learning that she would like to dispel.

7 – 10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning
Jane Hart,  5 September 2017
Inspired by TeachThought’s  22 myths in modern academic learning, here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL).

8 – The role of L&D in 2018
Jane Hart, 30 October 2017
Jane is frequently asked for her thoughts on the role of L&D in the future. Here is her take on the important work required for the short-term future.

9 – Continuous, Curated Learning: The Business Case
Stephen Walsh, 30 January 2017
We need curated content to help us stay sharp and continuously learn. But who’s going to find and filter this content? Most people don’t have the time to do it for themselves every day.  The modern learning professional is ideally placed drive this change in the organisation. If you need to convince stakeholders (or yourself) that this is the right shift for L&D, here are 14 reasons.

10 – 5 Factors driving Modern Workplace Learning
Jane Hart, 13 February 2017
“If you were an employee on Henry Ford’s assembly line in Detroit in the 1920s, you received a high degree of training and preparation before you ever set foot in the factory. You learned what your role was, and were given all the tools you needed to accomplish your job from Day One. From then on, your role never changed—you did your part to move a product forward along the assembly line, from the day you began until the day you retired, 40 or 50 years later. Since those days, the business world has transformed .. but the workforce training process hasn’t kept up with the pace of change.”

This quote from Karl Mehta summarizes the situation pretty accurately, so this means we need to adopt new practices to support learning in today’s workplace. This article looks at 5 factors that are impacting the workplace and driving a new approach to workplace learning.

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Jane Hart

Jane Hart helps organisations and learning professionals modernise their approaches to workplace learning - through public workshops and bespoke consultancy. She is the Editor of the Modern Workplace Learning Magazine, and is the author of a number of books including Modern Workplace Learning 2020 as well as the resource for individuals A Professional's Guide to Modern Learning. Jane was the 2018 recipient of the ATD Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development award. You can contact Jane at