MWL Newsletter No 87

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 14-20 October 2018.

From around the Web

How to learn: boost your brain with a trip down memory lane  Ed Cooke, Guardian, 14 October

“Anyone can be taught anything if they are inspired enough to pay attention – the key to remembering it is firing up the imagination.”

Forget Banning Phones and Laptops at Meetings. Here’s What We Should Ban Instead  John Brandon, Inc, 13 October 2018

“My view is simple: Let the devices stay, but figure out how to make them part of the meeting and not a distraction. Don’t use rules and dictums. Make the meeting incredibly worthwhile, engaging, and valuable. Gadgets won’t distract people for long.”

“On average, humans have one testicle”… that’s why most data analytics projects in education are misleading….  Donald Clark, 19 October 2018

“Data is actually a huge problem here. They say that data is the new oil, more likely the new snakeoil.It is stored in weird ways and places, often old, useless, messy, embarrassing, personal and even secret. It may need to be anonymised, training sets identified and subject to GDPR. To quote that old malapropism, ‘data is a minefield of information’. It may even be massively misleading, as in the testicle example.”

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

There is a need for a new model of workplace learning  Jane Hart, Continuous Improvement, Learning & Development

“It is also important to reiterate that continuous learning in the workplace is more than just delivering continuous (micro-)training or implementing a course library (like Lynda or Coursera) for employees to make use of – and thinking by doing that, that the “continuous learning” box can be ticked.”

The Modern Professional’s Digital Learning Toolkit for 2019

To survive in the new world of work you will need a new learning mindset as well as a new toolset and skillset. The Modern Professional’s Digital (Learning) Toolkit for 2019 that has been generated from the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018 compiled from the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools survey.  Download an interactive infographic showing the tools categorised into 5 key tool areas. Click a tool to find more about it. You can find it here. Find it here: Modern Professional Learning: a new mindset, toolset and skillset 

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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