The digital substitution fallacy

I find myself surprised by the frequency of response of a certain kind to the communication of digital change from leaning professionals. It tends to run something like this: “I don’t have any problem with digital learning but…you just can’t do everything with technology. It can’t replace everything.” I heard this sentiment again in the … Continue reading The digital substitution fallacy

The number 1 capability: comfort with ambiguity

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to find myself in a social media golden moment. (Plenty of social media moments are a whiffy, mustard brown these days, so I count my blessing there). I posted an open question on Linked In asking for thoughts on which capabilities should be within a ‘modern learning’ … Continue reading The number 1 capability: comfort with ambiguity

Unbundling records and tin cans and such

Prompted by an email form Karen Moran, I had a return to the idea of the LMS as the only place where learning records are held. That message also sparked a thought about the unbundling theme I posted about recently. The idea that all learning activity is stored in a learning management system seems increasingly … Continue reading Unbundling records and tin cans and such

HR and L&D: Never the twain shall meet?

This blog was originally published on the HRN Blog in May 2016. Much has been written and said about the relationship between the disciplines of HR and L&D. Representatives of both sides have shared views on the topic and on the most useful framing of a healthy relationship between the two. Cases have been made … Continue reading HR and L&D: Never the twain shall meet?

Chief Digital Learning Officer. Is that a thing yet?

Another dose of shameless self-promotion here. I do think there is a purpose though, so bear with me… In a few weeks I am presenting at the CDO Forum on the topic of “Developing a Digital Learning Service for the New Workplace”. As you can see from the agenda, this is not an eLearning or L&D event. … Continue reading Chief Digital Learning Officer. Is that a thing yet?

What no Slack? A (brief) thought from Learning Technologies 2016

As many thousands of us are, I am pondering what I made of Learning Technologies 2016. Aside from the fact that it was great to meet some excellent people and have some great conversations, I was struck by two things: size and familiarity. The exhibition was bigger yet again than the previous year. The stands seemed … Continue reading What no Slack? A (brief) thought from Learning Technologies 2016

Learning, training, control and choice.

[Warning, this post is something of a stream]. “Control is to training as choice is to learning”. This is a fair summary of how I saw the world of L&D on first entry about five or six years ago. Granted, this is an enormously simplified characterisation and I have variously agreed and disagreed with it over those … Continue reading Learning, training, control and choice.