Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of forward-looking conversations with L&D professionals about learning in the digital workplace; and in particular about learning within a digital workspace set-up. A digital workspace is a concerted effort by organisations to provide their employees with a personalised environment to enable each individual to organise their digital tools and sources of information in an efficient manner to allow them to maximise their personal productivity.
As the desire for deeper integration of our systems grows, moving to a digital workspace concept gives us the chance to explore how we can make accessing a variety of tools as seamless as possible. For L&D and HR, this should also mean making learning and performance management more visible on a day-to-day basis. Continue reading “Learning and Performance Management and the Digital Workspace”
The move towards embracing social and informal frequently opens up the conversation to talking about user-generated and curated content (UGCC). This topic creates a lot of interest and excitement among many training professionals as it’s a great way to engage the business in learning. But I’m not sure we are seeing that much of it, which is a shame given it’s real potential to add valuable content to our overall portfolio.
In this post, I’m going to explore this topic in more detail in the hope that it’ll edge your plans further forward. Continue reading “Using User-generated and Curated Content”
Executive book summaries have been around for some time now and – thinking about it – were probably one of the first learning resources in the genre that we now call micro-learning. As a personal user of these, I’m hooked on them and would like to see them used more often to support learning and development.
With the now conscious move by many organisations to adopt learning approaches that blend formal learning with social and informal learning activities, now is the time to look again at where these fit in. Like the use of most generic learning resources, you do need to invest time and energy to see a return on your investment.
Here are my suggestions. Continue reading “Using Executive Book Summaries”
Amazon…TripAdvisor…ao.com: all sites that use the now familiar five-star rating system for recording satisfaction.
This approach to recording how much we like something has well and truly entered the learning space too and the vast majority of learning management systems (LMSs) now offer learners the chance to rate content this way. It’s quick – no one really has the time to complete a formal training evaluation survey – and as a measure of the learner’s gut-feel, it doesn’t require much reflection and mental processing. It’s also easy to analyse and very simple to present in reports and provides the stakeholders with an instant barometer of a training programme’s success.
So looked at pragmatically – with the never-ending focus on evaluation – using a five-star rating makes a lot of sense. Or does it? Continue reading “Ratings and Recommendations”
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”