Social Media as an “Other” in Social Learning

The first time Siri told me that she was not just my best friend but my BFF (best friend for life) I found myself bemused. Firstly, by Siri’s emphatic confident response, then by the notion of Siri as my highly esteemed confidant until a chance encounter with an intern forced

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018

Based on the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017 list, here is the Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit 2018. These are the key tools it contains . Of course you won’t have to have them all – but perhaps at least one or two from each category. A favourite web

The role of L&D in 2018

I am frequently asked for my thoughts on the role of L&D in the future. Here is my take on the important work required for the short-term future. The work of the Learning & Development Department (aka Training Department) has been evolving over the last 20 years, and has moved

How to become a Modern Professional Learner

On 2 October 2017, I released the results of the 11th Annual Learning Tools survey in the form of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 list. What has become very clear over the last 11 years is that many individuals are now using a wide selection of web-based resources,

Disruption Debate: Be open with change

As part of Totara’s ongoing Disruption Debate series, Lars Hyland has been speaking to thought leaders and experts from the L&D world.  A few weeks ago he talked to me, and this is the summary of that conversation that appears on their website here. “L&D departments today are trying to

10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning

Inspired by TeachThought’s  22 myths in modern academic learning, here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL).  More to come in another post. MWL simply means modernising training. No. It is much more than modern training. It means a modern approach to learning at work – recognising and valuing

A comparison of organised and self-organised learning in the workplace

What is the difference between L&D organised and managed learning AND self-organised and self-managed learning? In the graphic below I have plotted some of the activities of both approaches to learning in the workplace. Although most interest still focuses on the top half of the graphic – ie providing services

What does the 6th annual Learning in the Workplace Survey say about the state – as well as the future – of L&D?

This year in the 6th Annual Learning in the Workplace survey, I asked respondents to rate the importance (value/usefulness) – of the following 12 ways of learning for, at or through work. Classroom training e-Learning (e.g. online courses for self-study) Internal resources (documents, guides etc.,) Knowledge sharing within your team

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: To design, deliver and manage modern learning experiences for today’s busy people; and To enable and support individuals to organise and manage their

The case for the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor

“The biggest innovation in workplace learning will not come from new technology but from supporting people to learn continuously and to manage their own learning.” Jane Hart, 2017 In a number of previous articles in the MWL Magazine, I have explained how modern professionals now recognise that they learn in