It’s that time of year when people often ask for our thoughts on what lies ahead in the following year. I’m actually going to look to 2016 and beyond and share my opinions on what I believe to be the overall future of learning. And I apologise now for my sometimes convoluted use of the seemingly popular Cs model as I write my 12 Cs of Tomorrow’s L&D. Continue reading “The Future of Learning”
Over the last few days, I’ve had a number of conversations where I was asked for my thoughts about the future of the learning management system (LMS). I know many of us have a love-hate relationship with our chosen system. We all know we need to have one, we’re happy with our process for choosing the one we had – and the reasons for choosing it – but we still then have the odd moan or two about it once it’s live and in active use. And then we start talking with others and begin to wonder what we should do when the current contract is up for renewal. We want to make sure that the renewal is future-proof. But what is that future? Here are my thoughts. Continue reading “The Future of the Learning Management System”
As an Associate of the Institute of Consulting – an organisation within the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), who authored this report, “Learning to Lead. The Digital Potential”, I hope the report’s authors will approve me penning some of my own thoughts based on their recent research, particularly as my two L&D passions are digital learning and leadership and management development. And, of course, I recently shared my own thoughts on using digital learning for executive development. Continue reading “Learning to Lead – The Digital Potential – My Commentary”
This is the time of year when we’re often asked to make predictions about learning trends in the forthcoming year. I’m sure that one of the concepts we’re going to hear a lot more about is micro-learning. I’m also sure that the more sceptical in the profession are already raising their eyebrows and muttering “not another buzzword”. And to a degree, I can understand that. Firstly, I think we’ve long strived to make learning as short and as punchy as possible. I certainly began this crusade some seven years ago. So why are we now trying to give it its own label? And secondly, over the last few months, one or two training providers have clearing used their marketing communications to create “noise” about micro-learning that is all about describing their own solution. But is it right that a vendor’s solution defines the approach? Continue reading “Micro-learning Under the Microscope”
Over the last few years, I’ve become a strong proponent of moving towards “mobile” first learning strategies. This is – to a large degree – as a result of the observations I’ve made about how the world of workplace learning is changing and how the use of mobile devices continues to grow, giving us the platforms we need to start to make mobile learning and performance support a reality.
There are two elements to a “mobile first” strategy. The first – which I will definitely come back to another day – is the development of complete programmes of learning with a significant use of mobile content and a move away from desktop based e-learning and content-packed live sessions. The second element – and the aspect I will address in this post – is actually designing content that supports a “mobile first” philosophy. Continue reading “Designing “Mobile First” Learning Content”