MWL Newsletter No 74

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 15-21 July 2018

From around the Web

The Truth About Teaching to Learning Styles, and What to Do Instead  Jane Bozarth, eLearning Guid Research Report, 11 July

“Adjusting instruction to individual learning styles seems appealing, but in reality, no two learners are the same and both may not benefit from a singular learning style. Evidence suggests using learning styles actually harms learning, essentially wasting time and energy that could be used to improve learning outcomes.”

Looking for talent in all the wrong places  Kate Cooper, Forbes 13 July 2018

“We must stop taking a narrow view of where talent might reside. A pioneering recruitment and development strategy, recognizing how talent so easily withers, could bring rich rewards for your teams and your business.”

It’s a sellers market: 10 questions for you learning technology vendor  Paul Jocelyn, 16 July 2018

“1. What is the big change your business is trying to make / facilitate / accelerate in the world of work?
2. What is your ‘worldview’ of the role of learning in business settings today?
3. Who exactly is your proposition for and, not for?: (i.e. which work contexts and cultures does your ‘solution’ best support and why?).”

How to develop soft skills in the digital age  Jeff Lewis, eCampus News, 16 July 2018

“As organizations and institutions continue to search for ways to close the soft skills gap, video assessment has emerged as a viable solution. Video-assessment platforms enable students to have more face time with their peers and the instructor, while also giving everyone the luxury to interact on their own time, from any device.”

Corporate learning: straight answers to big questions  Nick Shackleton-Jones, 16 July 2018

“Do I need a Learning Management System? Probably, yes – but not for learning. An LMS is still a decent tool for event management and tracking regulatory compliance (for example using elearning modules) – but you should consider it to be largely independent from your (real) learning systems.”

Enterprise Social’s Last Mile Problem  Mark Britz, 27 March 2018

“Honestly, social technology will only really work in a social organization. And although I mentioned in a previous post that there are two ways forward (both with risk and reward), I believe the tech cannot transform a company on its own; it’s not plug and play. The systems of management, recognition, reward and communication need to be addressed.”

How to Create a Modern Contact Center Professional Learner’s Toolkit  Sheri Kendall-DuPont, 17 July 2018

“In this post, I will share the tools in my “Modern Contact Center Professional Learners Toolkit,” with links to the resources I use to ensure I continue in my pursuit of lifelong learning to positively impact training at FCR’s contact centers.”

Why New Hires Should Start On Friday — And Other Battle-Tested Onboarding Hacks  Michael Litt, Forbes, 28 June 2018

“So, what does effective onboarding look like? Well, it doesn’t have to be a cookie-cutter approach — and it’s so much more than just a company laptop and an info packet from HR. Here are some of the hacks that work for us:”

Take Control of Your Learning at Work  Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Harvard Business Review, 20 July 2018

“What you know is now less relevant than what you can learn, and employers are less interested in hiring people with particular expertise than with the general ability to develop the right expertise in the future, particularly if they can do it consistently and across a wide range of roles.”

How to use Slack to onboard new hires  Fast Company, 21 July 2018

“Getting new hires fully briefed and trained up can be a lengthy process. But by connecting various tools with Slack, you can run an effective and organized onboarding program that gives new employees immediate access to the tools and information they need to make a roaring head start.”

Vote for your Top Tools for Learning 2018

As at 21 July, 1187 votes received

The Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018, the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools survey is now open. Jane Hart will once again be compiling the list from the votes of contributors worldwide as well as  3 sub-lists:

  1. Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018
  2. Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018
  3. Top 100 Tools for Education  2018

Voting closes: mid-day GMT, Friday 14 September 2018
Results released: 8 am GMT, Monday 24 September 2018


Next MWL Workshop

Designing & Delivering Modern Training for the Workplace

Online Workshop runs 3 September – 14 October 2018

There will always be a need to organise training events and content – but these just need to be more relevant and appealing for today’s workforce. This 6-week online workshop will help you consider a number of ways to design and deliver a range of modern training experience

How to become a Modern Professional Learner

In the modern workplace there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – so it’s up to everyone to continuously update their knowledge, skills and productivity and become an independent modern professional life-long learne

This online resource contains 60 Tasks to help you get the most out of your work life and take control of your career.

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Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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