1 – Jane Bozarth started the month with some wise advice, as usual, in her Learning Solutions Magazine, Nuts and Bolts column piece: Selling it (1 May)
Shooting ourselves in the foot
I see this happen all the time with people trying to gain support for implementing new learning approaches and technologies, and I am sure I am often guilty of it myself. What we find cool, others find intimidating. What we find useful, others find threatening. What we find magical, others find scary. And the very benefits we tout are sometimes exactly what others fear.
Later in the month (25 May) Dave Kelly also had some advice in his post, How Trainers are Holding Themselves Back
Training professionals need to recognize that by being business-focused in every aspect of their work. Our work needs to provide value to all of our stakeholders, whether their investment is financial support or time via participation. We need to get away from the widget-based metrics of the past and focus on the impact and value our efforts have on critical business performance.
2 – There were quite a lot of valuable postings this month on the topic of informal learning v formal learning. Harold Jarche’s post on 1 May, told us to to Take off those rose coloured glasses:
The future will not be L&D 2.0 but rather a new organizational learning approach, where learning is integrated into the workflow. Many departments outside L&D are already staking this new ground and building their expertise.
Bill Cushard suggested Save Training For Those Who Need Training (3 May)
“Sending people to training they don’t need devalues the training and demotivates your highest performers. We ought to be able to exempt some people from certain training. If people don’t need it, they shouldn’t have to attend.”
This little video from weneedacourse, showed a day in the life of a lowly e-learning professional (4 May)
Later in the month (21 May), Ryan Tracey, wrote a post where he said we should start with Informal first.
“No longer is formal training the central offering with informal learning relegated to a support role. On the contrary, when we adopt the informal first mindset, informal learning becomes the central offering.”
A few days later (24 May), Clark Quinn wrote a post where he talked of Reconciling formal and informal:
“There are really two viewpoints: that of the learning and development (L&D) professional, and that of the performer. Each of these sees the world differently, and we need to separate these out.
And Jay Cross picked up on this with his own post, Bringing informal learning up to date (29 May), where he made this point about elearning.
“I also back away from the word eLearning. What once held such promise for democratizing learning often led to boring page-turners no one should have to endure. I’d like to see bad top-down training eliminated, flipped, or made experiential. Most eLearning is formal, in that it has a rigidly defined curriculum, and it’s based on the flawed notion that exposure to content is all that’s required for learning.”