MWL Newsletter No 80

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 26 August – 1 September 2018.

From around the Web

L&D You are what you measure  Paul Jocelyn, 28 August 2018

“It’s a truism that you get what you measure in a team or a business. When L&D acts as just an optional support function, it’s “success measures” include: Number of participant days, Number of courses / new courses per year …. [etc] These measures reinforce a primary role to serve only speed to compliance and control over training.”

Learn better on YouTube: 3 must-have extensions  MakeUseOf, 28 August 2018

“YouTube has been the default secondary and in a few cases, the main source of knowledge for millions of people. Whether it’s simply to acquire a new skill with video tutorials or refine the existing ones, YouTube has a lot to offer. However, if you’re one of these users, you must have felt the absence of proper learning tools and native features. Thankfully, there are third-party solutions available that can turn YouTube into a more powerful educational platform.”

Which of these 3 types of learner are you?  Bryan Collins, Forbes, 28 August 2018

“Quick fixes. Step-by-step guides. Cheat sheets. Checklists. And time-saving hacks. Have you ever tried to learn a new skill like copywriting, business development, Spanish or even tennis using any of the above? If so, you probably enjoyed a little progress before hitting a frustrating plateau. Then that stagnation is enough to make you want to give up. Well, you’re not alone.”

5 Steps to Create a Continuous Learning Culture Based on Peer Coaching  Steffen Meier, CMS Wire, 29 August 2018

“Placing the responsibility on HR and managers alone not only costs a large amount of time and other resources, but also is ineffective in facilitating a true cultural transformation. In the CEB’s definition of a learning culture, HR and managers are both essential to ensuring that learning is directed toward companywide goals. Nevertheless, a true culture shift only occurs when you see people owning and driving the learning process themselves.”

Hierarchy is the enemy of learning  Dave Pollard, 29 August 2018

“almost all the brilliant ideas that could be instituted in organizations in both the private and public sector never get heard by the people who have the knowledge to appreciate it and the capacity to implement it. In other words, the best ideas never see the light of day.”

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2018 from

Less than 2 weeks to vote for your Top Tools for Learning 2018

 2,354 votes received as at 1 September 2018

The Top Tools for Learning 2018 survey – the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools survey – will close on Friday 14 September.

Jane Hart will then compile the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018 list 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

Results will be released at 8 am (GMT) on 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

Participation includes free access to the CILD resource (see below)

Continuous Improvement, Learning and Development

A Online Resource Book for Modern Workplace Learning

Continuous Learning is vital – everyone says so – but what does it mean for organisations? it’s not just about providing continuous training or making employees study continuously; it’s more about helping them establish a regular habit of learning. In this new online resource we look at how to help individuals become independent continuous learners, how to provide a flow of continuous learning opportunities – which includes modern training – and how to help them learn continuously from their daily work.

Find out more here

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.

Find out more here

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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