MWL Newsletter No 20

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 25 June – 1 July 2017

Article of the Week

The enigma of social learning  Helen Blunden, Activate Learning Solutions, June 2017

“Learning and Development don’t really understand what social learning is and the business doesn’t care much about it … In my observations and experience, this is because corporate Learning and Development teams may be unaware of what social learning really is about and be under the mistaken belief that it’s another way to push content or their new systems onto their time-poor employees without understanding the motivations behind workplace collaboration and knowledge sharing;  and also not role modelling these behaviours themselves.”

From around the Web

Change Management Buzzword Bingo! Conversations of Change, 24 June 2017

“A little bit of fun no? Help yourself … Seriously, sometimes working in change does feel like a perpetual game of buzzword bingo. And to be honest, I do think that sometimes we have to take a moment and look at the language we are using. Is this the best word we could use? Does it mean what we think it means to the people we are using it with?”

When best practices don’t work  Heather Bussing, HR Examiner, 25 June 2017

“Creativity thrives in wide open spaces and impossible constraints.

Best practices are all about playing it safe and avoiding risk, failure, and conflict.

You can’t have it both ways.”

Soft skills are permanent skills  Harold Jarche, 29 June 2017

“Are soft skills the new hard skills? I asked this question six years ago. I would suggest that hard skills are really temporary skills. They come and go according to the economy and the state of technology. Today, we need very few people who know how to shoe a horse. Soft skills are permanent ones. ”

From the MWL Magazine

Jane’s Personal Top 10 Tools for Learning in 2017 Jane Hart, 27 June 2017

My 2017 (11th annual) survey of Top tools for Learning is open for voting here, and there have already been a few hundred entries, so I thought I’d share  my personal top 10 tools for this year. If you’d like to share your own 10 favourite learning tools here, then please send them to me at and I’ll collate them into some follow-up articles.

MWL Summer Workshop

10 July – 18 August

Modernising Training

This 6-week online workshop will help you consider a number of ways to modernize classroom training and online learning in line with the ways people now learn on the Web.


  1. Modernizing the classroom experience
  2. Modernizing the online learning experience  (part 1 – content)
  3. Modernizing the online learning experience (part 2 – social)
  4. Modernizing assessment and learning management
  5. Modernizing learning support
  6. Offering a modern blended learning programme

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Learn something new every day

This Challenge will help you build a habit of learning something new every day. Over the 30 days it will expose you to a variety of free sources and resources where you can learn something new everyday. Your goal in this Challenge is to find a number of useful sources that will inspire you to continue to learn something new after the Challenge ends.

Jane Hart
Director, Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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