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The L&D Forum

I have worked in L&D since 2001 and have seen so many changes over the years, I thought I would share some of my observations with you.

Back in 2001 the department was called Training and Development (T&D) and we changed to Learning & Development over the last few years. 

Training was mainly face to face workshops with workbooks to complete and take away.  There was more of a ‘tell’ culture in the learning classroom, I remember my train the trainer course where we were told ‘tell them, tell them and tell them again’. Since then I have been introduced to Charles Jennings 70:20:10 model. This was a big shift change in mindset for organisations who had previously done 70% or sometimes more formal learning and little on the job learning or encouraging learning from others. A more blended approach to learning has been adopted over recent years.

Another change I have seen is how we have moved from looking at learning styles. We used the Honey and Mumford model when I started working in learning. Now we look more at learner’s generation type and adapt the learning accordingly. For example, millennials prefer informal learning and ‘just in time’ learning which has seen more bitesize learning sessions (microlearning) being created rather than full day workshops.

There has also been a great increase in digital learning. The CIPD reports that “Digital learning has progressed rapidly since the coining of the term 'e-learning' at the turn of the century and now encompasses websites, e-books, social media and online communities, online lectures, webinars, podcasts and microblogging. As such, it has proven to be a viable way of training and developing people in organisational settings, and one that forms part (though not all) of an organisation's wider learning strategy.”

I have seen L&D departments move to a Learning Management System (LMS), so a virtual learning environment over the last few years. The system manages and delivers content and looks after course administration, tracking progress and assessments for each learner. When I first started working in L&D, we had a more manual approach to keeping training records and had a dedicated Learning Support Team that looked after this.

L&D will continue to evolve, and L&D teams need to make sure they are keeping up with the fast pace of change to engage their learners and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will be needed for professions of the future.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you have seen L&D evolve and change over the years!

Thanks

Karen :)

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  • Hi Karen,

    Thank you, your post was really interesting. I am new to this sector and hadn't thought about the ways different generations prefer to learn.

    Looking forward to any other posts you might share.

    Thanks, Kirsty

    • Thanks Kirsty.  

      Here is a link to a blog and infographic 'meet the modern learner' which may be of interest to you

      https://blog.grovo.com/7-learned-deloittes-meet-modern-learner/

      7 Things We Learned From Deloitte’s “Meet the Modern Learner”
      Bersin by Deloitte’s “Meet the Modern Learner” is an illuminating snapshot of the challenges facing learning professionals today. Here are the 7 bigg…
  • Hi Karen, I have recently started the level 5 In L&D practice and we are looking at emerging L&D trends I have read this whilst completing some wider reading and this is really insightful - Thankyou :)

    • Morning Raisa,

      I'd highly recommend having a look at the work of Fosway if you're exploring emerging L&D trends. Each year they look at the stage of digital learning and produce a report that explores trends and patterns.

      You can find some more information just here

       

      Digital Learning Realities Research
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      • Thank you for this Ady :) 

        Digital Learning Realities Research
        Wander around any industry conference, event and online discussion and you are certain to hear lots of talk of Learning Technologies. The hype just k…
    • Hi Raisa

      Thank you, glad you have found it useful.  Good Luck with your Level 5 programme.

      Karen

      • Thank you Karen :)

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