MWL Newsletter No 85

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 30 September – 6 October 2018.

From around the Web

Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web Fast Company, September 2018

“This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months ..,its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.”

The Single Worst Way to Answer a Question. Any Question. All Questions  Inc, 2 October 2018

But all too often, when a judge asked a question, one of the startup founders would offer the same answer: “Great question!” … Why do people respond to questions in this way? Do they really think they’re flattering the questioner? Do they somehow believe that the questioner will beam with delight–and bow a little–at having asked a question worthy of a startup founder?”

Trust, Tools, and Teamwork: What Workers Want  Slack HQ, 3 October 2018

“A new study commissioned by Slack uncovers some important truths about employee engagement and productivity.”

Why Myths Matter  Clark Quinn, October 2018

“Myths are not just wasteful, they’re harmful. And that matters.  Please join me in campaigning for legitimate science in our profession. And let’s chase out the snake oil.  Please.”

Leaderboards in L&D Are Sexist  Todd Maddox, CLO Magazine 5 October 2018

“Leaderboards do not lead to healthy competition in all people. In fact, leaderboards are unhealthy for anyone with a cooperation-driven personality.”

In the MWL Magazine

What does the Top Tools for Learning 2918 list tell us about the future direction of L&D?  Jane Hart, 2 October 2018

The diagram shows clearly that the tools for workplace learning are clearly aimed at their use for designing and managing content and courses (for irregular use), and whilst we see a growing number of enterprise and team collaboration tools being recognised as tools that support continuous social/group work-based learning, there are very few tools that support personal, continuous learning at work – the vast majority are personal and professional tools. In other words, continuing to focus solely on course and content development means that L&D is missing the bigger picture and the wider opportunities that are now on offer.

Next MWL Workshop

Supporting learning from the daily work

Online Workshop runs 22 October – 2 December 2018

Although L&D departments have focused on training people to do their jobs, research tells us that most of what employees learn at work happens as they do their job – it’s just that they are not aware of it or make the most of it. And, when team members work together closely, share reflections and resources on a regular basis, they continuously learn from each other. This, in fact, is where the real social learning takes place. So, in this 6-week online workshop we look at how to work with managers and individuals so that they get the most out of – and learn from – their daily working experiences as well as how you can help to build and support a knowledge sharing culture in teams as well as across the organisation.

Continuous Improvement, Learning and Development

A new book for Modern Workplace Learning professionals

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 gain early access to the online resource (and the PDF when it becomes available).

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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