MWL Newsletter No 86

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 7-13 October 2018.

From around the Web

L&D Strategy vs L&D Execution  Paul Jocelyn, 8 October 2018

“The default ‘L&D’ narrative remains focused on training delivery, operations and logistics. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow seems to be affirmation and acceptance from the industrialists. The overriding objective? – to land contributions to ‘business critical’ projects.”

Google is shutting down Google+ following massive data exposure  Engadget, 8 October 2018

“Following a massive data breach first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Google announced today that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers. The company finally admitted that Google+ never received the broad adoption or engagement with users that it had hoped for — according to a blog post, 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last for less than five seconds. In light of these newly revealed security concerns with Google+’s API, the company has opted to put it out of its misery over the next ten months rather than try and make the social network more secure.”

60 Percent of Workers Have Quit or Are Considering Quitting Right Now. Here’s the Simple Reason Why  Marcel Schwantes, Inc, 10 October 2018

“Why people quit really boils down to one word. Disrespect.”

My university forced me into teaching training. It was all dry ‘eduspeak’   Anonymous, The Guardian, 12 October 2018

“During this year of enforced training, I avidly read teaching magazines and websites. Each week, excellent teaching advice was dispensed by fellow university teachers on how to discuss divisive topics in class. They gave tips for innovative forms of assessment, and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of new e-learning technologies. I learned more from these columns than the dry lectures in my formal teacher training.”

An extract from the Continuous Improvement, Learning & Development resource book

A word about the “learning” word  Jane Hart, Continuous Improvement, Learning & Development

“the misuse of the word “learning” doesn’t just cause confusion, it also perpetuates the idea that “learning” is only something that can be put into someone’s head (in some sort of formal, designed, “packaged” way), when we know that most “learning” happens in informal and non-designed ways as people use the Web or carry out their daily work.

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.

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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