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10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning

First published in September 2017 Here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL). 1 – 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 all the ways that people learn at, through and for work – not […]

What does the Top Tools for Learning 2018 list tell us about the future direction of L&D?

Last week I released the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018 list – the latest episode in my longitudinal study into the popularity of tools for learning as well as learning behaviour. I also wrote an analysis of the list and identified 10 Trends for Digital Learning in 2018.  But for me 3 key things […]

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2018 is presented to Mark Britz.

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 Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their […]

Classroom training and E-Learning are the least valued ways of learning. This is what it means for L&D

Although entries are still being accepted for the 7th Learning in the Workplace survey, here is a screenshot of the results as at 21 May (from 5.5K+ responses). The table ranks the importance (value/usefulness) of the 12 different ways of learning in the workplace for INDIVIDUALS by their combined Very Important + Essential scores. The red figures highlight where the most responses were received […]

Employee Centred Learning & Development: A Model for the Modern Workplace

I have written extensively about how my 11 year longitudinal study into learning tools shows that more and more individuals are doing a lot to learn for themselves – by Googling what they need, by watching YouTube to get quick answers to their performance problems, by building a professional network of people from whom they […]

5 reasons to think differently about learning management in the modern workplace

Whilst there might good reason to have some sort of LMS to track and manage your compliance and other mandatory training, here are some reasons to think differently about learning management. (1) Many platforms can enable organizational learning Learning doesn’t just take place in a learning management system. Individuals learn from everything they do as […]

10 reasons to modernize workplace training

The current training model can no longer keep pace with the speed of business and the continuous nature of change. It is time to give it an overhaul. Here are 10 issues associated with current training approaches and some brief pointers about how they can be addressed. 1 – Training is often ineffective Problem: There […]

What are the priorities for L&D in the modern workplace? Our survey says …

I recently ran a short survey about the role of L&D in the modern workplace.  In this article I want to share the results and describe what I think it shows for the priorities for L&D in the modern workplace. In Part 1 of the survey, I asked 5 quick questions that I had previously […]

The current and future work of L&D (survey)

This is Part 2 of the L&D survey I am running.  This part looks at how much time you spend on a range of L&D activities, as well as how much time you would like to spend on them. View Survey

PebblePad and Modern Workplace Learning

Yesterday, in a free seminar at the Learning Technologies 2018 Expo hall in London, I gave a short presentation with Shane Sutherland, the CEO of PebblePad, about how their personal learning platform underpins Modern Professional Learning, as well as how it provides a new employee-centred “learning technology” to support learning in the modern workplace. Here […]