Independent continuous learning in the workplace (Online Workshop)

Next public workshop: 13 January – 21 February 2020 Continuous learning and development in the workplace is much more than continuous training. Whilst it is up to everyone to become a lifelong learner and keep up to date with what’s happening in their industry or profession to remain employable, it’s also up to L&D departments to help […]

30 articles from 2019 to take us into 2020

During 2019 I shared hundreds of links to useful articles, posts and resources but here are 30 (listed in chronological order) that I believe highlight 3 key themes for 2020. The importance of continuous and lifelong learning – and the need for every individual to take charge of their own professional self-development The new role […]

Announcing the Modern Workplace Learning track at LearnTec 2020

I am very pleased to once again have been asked to organise and chair a 3-day English-speaking track (on the theme of Modern Workplace Learning) at the LearnTEC conference taking place in Karlsruhe, Germany in January 2020. LearnTEC is Europe’s No. 1 trade show and congress focusing on digital learning with more than 10,000 participants. […]

Jane’s Top 10 Tools for Learning 2019

The Top Tools for Learning 2019 survey will close on Friday 13 September. Have you voted for your favourites yet? If not, you can do so here. You will need to list your top 10 tools and say how you use them – (a) for personal or professional learning, (b) at work or (c) in […]

Building a culture of continuous learning: what it means

We hear a lot about continuous learning. But what does it really mean? It doesn’t mean continuously taking courses – although studying can be part of an individual’s personal and professional continuous learning strategy. It doesn’t mean continuously training people – although training may well be part of of an organisation’s continuous L&D strategy. It […]

The 4th Annual Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award goes to Michelle Ockers

This post first appeared in Internet Time Alliance News. The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their […]

What new trends and technologies can we use to design and deliver modern training experiences?

This is the question that Jo Cook recently asked me in the Training Journal TJ Talks webinar on Tuesday 25 June. Here are some of the points I made. If we just think about the technology – in particular the (so-called) learning technologies – what I find is that they are primarily used to automate […]

10 reasons why you don’t need “learning technologies” to enable learning at work

Recently Jane Bozarth tweeted We need to stop calling them “learning technologies” and start asking, “How can this technology be used to support learning?” — Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth) May 23, 2019 So here are 10 reasons why you don’t need dedicated learning technologies to enable and support learning at work. Can you think of any […]

How to promote daily self-learning in the workplace

There is, rightly, a lot of talk nowadays about “lifelong learning” and “continuous learning” but more often than not, articles focus on “lifelong education” or “continuous training”. In other words, they emphasise the need for continuous formal learning, and, in organisational terms, this implies providing more and more training or access to online course libraries. […]

Many individuals spend time self-learning; but most organisations don’t provide time for it

In my previous article, So how much time do you spend self-learning? I explained that many individuals now recognise the need to spend time each week on some planned learning. By that I meant not just relying on the natural learning that happens as they do their jobs, but making a conscious effort to spend […]