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 my last 21 years in the digital learning and development field, a lot of my thinking has been based on a good dose of sound reasoning – the only way when there is often little prior experience to leverage – and what businesses and employees have been telling me. I’ve also learned a lot from observing the realities of learning in the workplace and I’ve seen that change considerably over the last two decades. Today we call that “learner insights” and the more we know about our learners, the smarter will be our learning programme designs. Continue reading “Designing learning for how we learn today”
When all the chatter first started about the then forthcoming Apple Watch, my mind immediately turned to how wearable devices could be “next big thing” in digital learning. I started to visualise scenarios of engineers, perched high in precarious places, looking to their wrist for helpful instructions about what they should do next. Then one of my technology partners reminded me that you needed to have your iPhone nearby and that it wouldn’t really offer much without that connected device. A valid point. In your average scenario, if having to choose between the tiny watch screen and the larger one on my smartphone, most people would realistically choose the latter. So I stopped thinking about wearables.