Here’s more about the work of a Modern Learning Advisor

In my previous article, I put the case for the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor and showed that in the modern workplace, L&D has two roles:

  1. To design, deliver and manage modern learning experiences for today’s busy people; and
  2. To enable and support individuals to organise and manage their own self-improvement & self-development, as a natural part of their daily work as well as in planned activities on and off the Web.

I also explained that the latter requires a new breed of L&D professional –  a Modern Learning Advisor.  In this article I want to talk more about what the work entails.

The work of the Modern Learning Advisor falls into 3 stages, although  in some organizations (depending on their readiness) he/she will not necessarily need to go through all stages.

Stage 1: Get ready

Prepare the organization (managers and individuals) for a modern approach to workplace learning; one that isn’t just about designing, delivering and managing learning solutions or learning experiences for people to do, and make sure they do them, but enabling and individuals to organize and manage their own self-improvement and self-development.

Explain the rationale for this approach (for both the organization and employees), the principles of modern professional learning, and the new practices involved (for both individuals and their managers).

The aim would be to identify interested managers and individuals (as likely there will still be people who will not be convinced by this approach, and expect all their learning at work to be delivered to them.

Stage 2: Get set

This stage involves two aspects

  • Helping managers to understand how they can operationalize it in their team, what it means to them, and how the MLA can help and support them
  • Helping individuals acquire or hone modern professional learning skills so that they can get the most out of (and learn from) their daily job as well as from the Web, and to organize and manage their own self-development in a more structured way (particularly if their manager is supporting them)

It means understanding new activities, developing new skills, and selecting own tools and services.

Stage 3: Go!

Some people in the organisation may well already be in this stage, for others they will have needed help at stage 2.  But here the Modern Learning Advisor takes on an advisorial and support role:

  • Providing bespoke advice and support – to managers or employees, as and when required – in the form of a Learning Concierge or Help Desk service
  • Promoting sharing of learning and new performance in work teams as well as coordinating events to showcase new talent across the organisation

The role of the Modern Learning Advisor (MLA)

The MLA will be a Specialist, Expert and Master of Modern Professional Learning – demonstrating modern attitudes and practices.

The MLA will be a Guide and Helper to individuals – empowering and supporting them to self-improve and self-development in many different ways.

The MWL will be a Partner and Consultant to managers – helping them to understand, and how to adopt a continuous learning mindset and support self-reliant employees and build a social team.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Modern Learning Advisor,  the upcoming online workshop: Supporting Independent Continuous Learning will look at Stages 1 and 2 of the work over 5 weeks as follows.

  1. Changing mindsets: Preparing individuals and managers for modern professional learning
  2. Helping managers enable and support modern professional learning
  3. Helping individuals learn from their daily work
  4. Helping individuals acquire (or hone) new skills for learning on the Web
  5. Helping individuals provide structure to their planned learning by managing their own professional development

Find out more about the Workshop and sign up HERE.

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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 Learning in the Modern Workplace 2017 as well as the resource: How to become a Modern Professional Learner. You can contact Jane at