The DPG Professional Development Community is a virtual space where professionals in people management can:
- Connect with students and non-students regardless of sector or location. Connections can be peer-to-peer; in private groups of similar interests; or across the entire Community.
- Collaborate with other members, discuss news, ask for advice and share experience.
- Learn from each other, from our Facilitators and from access to up to date resources (both created at DPG and curated from well-regarded sources).
- Develop professionally thanks to the CPD focused resources maintained by DPG, such as posts designed to make CPD accessible and exclusive tools to inform career progression.
In Towards Maturity’s Preparing for the Future of Learning (produced in association with the CIPD), it is stated that to support self-directed learners and learning, organisations should: “Encourage social learning skills and model learning communities” and “Create networking opportunities, relationships and connections; informal and formal.” In the same document a Senior Manager, in Academy Development is quoted to say: “We need: “Social learning and collaboration tools… Curating content that exists already rather than buying new.”
The DPG Professional Development Community provides this experience – and more.
For our members, regardless of if they are studying with us or not, benefits of the DPG Professional Development Community include:
- Keeping up to date with industry news. This is thanks to contributors curating news and beginning discussions.
- Having relevant industry events listed and accessible all through one source.
- Having exclusive access to talent management tools, a cloud-based space to log their CPD, mentoring and career advice.
- Access to an extensive e-library
- Peer-to-peer support, where users can contact other HR and L&D professionals for advice and insight regardless of location or organisation.
- In addition, we offer free HR training to all-comers via our exclusive HRGo! Programme.
For members studying DPG programmes, we also encourage community interaction in forums before, during and after live events (e.g. workshops and webinars) in private groups. This allows members to connect with their peers, share their thoughts, ideas and findings throughout their learner journey, regardless of location. Because the Facilitators are present in the Community, we can support members with issues such as evaluating the legitimacy of sources of information. Therefore, alongside experiencing the benefit that social collaboration brings, members learn skills such as choosing reliable and evidence-based sources. All this makes members more likely to continue learning socially beyond their programme.
We need you to help us build and maintain this Community.
Connect and message Gary Norris if you have questions about the Professional Development Community and he'll get back to you as soon as he can.