MWL Newsletter No 100

In this 100th MWL Newsletter here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the period 20 January – 9 February 2019.


Why an MIT professor says we should all learn like kindergartners if we want to succeed  Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 29 January 2019

“The idea that education needs to be reshaped to better suit the demands of a rapidly changing economy is hardly new. But the promise of the kindergarten approach seems an especially fitting model for “lifelong learning,” the catchphrase which reflects the reality that a hyper-automated, gig economy will require workers to continue to learn and iterate on their own careers”

This is what continuing education really means  Massage Magazine, 1 February 2019

“Lifelong learning can be defined as a continual, voluntary, personal choice to pursue knowledge for professional or personal reasons.”

Has social learning been forgotten by L&D  Mark Britiz, 5 February 2019

“I believe L&D can leverage Social but not lead it. Training, the core activity, can benefit from more open conversations and sharing but they’ll likely do so in more formal ways with coaching and mentoring programs.”

Jane Hart on Modern Workplace Learning  ManagerSeminare, February 2019

Video in English recorded at LearnTec 2019

Have We Reached the Era of Group Messaging Disenchantment?  Stephan Pfeiffer, 7 February 2019

“The problem isn’t only a group messaging problem. All too often, we find ourselves in a jumble of tools and channels: group messaging apps are currently en vogue, but we also have enterprise social networks, video conferences, online meetings, document repositories and enterprise content management, intranets and, of course, email.”

This woman changed the world of work – and you’ve probably never heard of her  World Economic Forum,
8 February 2019

“Berezin, who died recently aged 93, was a computer visionary whose invention, the Data Secretary, marked the beginning of the end for the typing pool. The machine allowed secretaries to edit, cut, paste and delete text without having to retype whole pages marred by errors or duplicate them for wider distribution.”


A seamless working and learning environment

A collaboration tool, like Slack, that supports team working is ideal for this, as it used by teams and groups to underpin their work. Slack has become very popular tool and has rapidly risen up the Top Tools for Learning list. In May 2018 Slack announced it had 8 million daily active users across 500,000 organizations, with 77% of the Fortune 100 having adopted it. Meanwhile Microsoft Teams (the team hub space within Office365) is also increasing in popularity, and it is said that Teams is the fastest growing business app in Microsoft history.

An additional advantage for using a platform like Slack (or Microsoft Teams) is that they support apps and integrations from a wide range of tools and platforms, which means that you can integrate all your learning activities and resources right inside the workspace (as shown in the diagram below).


When it comes to career. it’s up to every individual to stay relevant, and prepare for the future, and in order to do that you will need to take responsibility for your own career development,

“… every one of us must have a career strategy, and that strategy should be guided by your industry’s trajectory. You should be fine-tuned to the intricacies of your profession. You have no choice. You have to self-develop to stay relevant. Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.”

Find out more here.


Creating modern training, content, events and experiences

4 March – 12 April 2019

L&D departments have traditionally focused on training people for compliance or conformance. This has  been done in the classroom training and more recently through e-learning. However, in the modern workplace we need more relevant solutions to performance problems, and where training (of some sort) is required, more modern approaches. This 6-week will look at how to create training, content, events and experiences for the modern workplace.

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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