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August 29, 2011

Context – do you need it or not?

People talk about contextualising learning so that it relates to actual operational issues. That will definitely help with transfer. This concept is something I have been mulling over with regards the difference between eLearning and eReference. eLearning is 'just in case' so needs the context for the learning to be embedded in the course if

August 28, 2011

Thinking about stakeholders

Who are your stakeholders? Anything you do has stakeholders. Stakeholders are people who are affected by what you do, and therefore have an interest in it. They have an interest in what you do, how well you do it, when you do it, and if you care about them while you do it. So who

August 21, 2011

Do you already know the cure?

Everyone seems to be searching for the magic information that will make a big difference in their lives. The truth already know. For all of us, what's missing is not any new information, but the determination and discipline to do the most important things we already know. We keep chasing new information like magpies

August 21, 2011

News: Learning Architect – The Power of Informal Learning

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"Informal learning is becoming as important to corporate training initiatives as traditional learning, and it’s about time that this has happened." This striking view of informal learning comes from Paul Matthews, Managing Director of People Alchemy. Informal learning is a relatively new term in the learning and development (L&D) field. But, unlike the other new

August 18, 2011

Taking the learning out of learning

I was mulling over these ideas the other day and was accused, jokingly, of heresy. I wonder... I have always been a bit puzzled by this notion that we can offer or deliver learning to someone. It reminds me of the cartoons where a hillbilly farmer puts dynamite from ACME Co down a rabbit hole

August 16, 2011

Social media in the workplace?

A recent survey by Reed shows more than two-thirds of UK workers believe access to social networking sites should be banned from the workplace. In my opinion, like any tool, social media can be used or misused. And of course it depends on your perspective which one it is. An employer would regard lots of

August 16, 2011

Just do a better job – would that work?

A new CMI survey shows that employees consider a means of getting ahead to include working overtime on a regular basis (44%), taking on additional responsibility for no extra money (37%) and studying during spare time for a professional qualification (45%). I am struck that simply doing a better job of what they currently do

August 14, 2011

Dealing with decision paralysis

Sometimes we prevaricate over the smallest decisions without knowing why. We feel paralysed and the struggle with ourselves saps energy and distracts us from more important things. In the end, decision paralysis comes down to the fear of consequences; this produces anxiety, which in turn fuels the fear. It is a downward spiral for many

August 14, 2011

Training is not always the answer

Someone asked me about helping line managers help their teams learn when they can't do much training. My answer was along the lines... Since so much workplace learning is informal, I would impress upon your line managers that this is the case. Too many people automatically turn to training as a default response to what

August 14, 2011

70% – what are we learning?

I think one thing to bear in mind when thinking about the 70:20:10 ‘approximate’ ratios is that the 70% stuff goes on anyway, whether L&D people do anything or nothing. People will continue to learn. We are a learning species. It is a default setting. If the L&D people do lots and lots of formal

August 14, 2011

Context and memory

Context is important and one reason why is that context brings emotions into the recipe that makes up the memory. Emotions attached to a memory tend to make it more memorable. The stronger the emotions, the better the memory sticks. Just think of your own experience and what you remember well. So if a bit

August 7, 2011

How to use brainstorming effectively

When an idea is small and new, it is fragile and weak. Like any new-born, its future is uncertain. It may grow to be a colossus, or fade away before its first steps. For an idea to achieve anything in its life, it needs to be protected and nurtured when young and vulnerable. Give ideas