MWL Newsletter No 21

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 2-8 July 2017

Article of the Week

Hire Learners for the Knowledge Economy  Stephen Gill, 6 July 2017

“Companies today need learners. In the Agricultural Economy, a strong back was enough. In the Industrial Economy, a set of good hands was enough. But in the Knowledge Economy, companies need people who can develop their minds.

The Knowledge Economy needs people who are self-directed learners, who know how to get the information and skills they need when and where they need them, who can think critically in terms of evaluating the accuracy and usefulness of this information, and who can learn from both successes and failures.”

From around the Web

Announcing the Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2017  Internet Time Alliance, 5 July 2017

“The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award 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 work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom. The Jay Cross Memorial Award is given to professionals who continuously welcome challenges at the cutting edge of their expertise and are convincing and effective advocates of a humanistic approach to workplace learning and performance.”

We’ve been worrying about the end of work for 500 years  Quartz,  3 July 2017

‘“The future of work” is suddenly everywhere—which is an interesting feat for a 500-year-old discussion … Technology has, of course, transformed the world since the 16th century. But the debate around how it will impact jobs in the future has evolved remarkably little in the process.’

From the MWL Magazine

Designing, delivering and managing modern learning experiences  Jane Hart, 3 July 2017

In other articles here I have written about the new work of L&D that is about supporting modern professional learning, as I call it. But here I want to consider what it means for the design, delivery and management of organised and managed learning experiences –  because this will of course still be required.  In other words, what it means to modernise training. I believe there are 5 aspects to this …

MWL Summer Workshop

10 July – 18 August

Modernising Training

This 6-week online workshop will help you consider a number of ways to design, deliver and manage modern learning experiences.


  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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