Our gift to you this Christmas – all the best L&D related new research, news and stories, curated by our team of Christmas jumper wearing, mince pie eating content magpies.

Every month our expert team curate the content that matters from across the world of L&D. Stay informed and up-to-date with our pick of the most relevant L&D-focused research, stories and practical resources.

The Evolution of 70:20:10 – Will L&D Survive or Thrive?

The GoodPractice team are delighted to have launched our 2018 L&D research paper The Evolution of 70:20:10 – Will L&D Survive or Thrive? It provides in-depth insights into how leading organisations are using 70:20:10 to drive change. This report goes beyond the numbers and provides evidence for approaches to learning that works.

– Media: Article and PDF
– Reading time: 1 minute summary plus 30 minutes report reading time

Another nail in the coffin for learning styles

In this study from Indiana’s School of Medicine, researchers looked to see if studying in ways that are consistent with students’ dominant learning style was more beneficial than using other methods to learn. The results demonstrate that there is zero correlation between preferred learning style and student performance. Interestingly, most students in the study failed to study in a way that was consistent with their preferred learning style.

– Media: Article
– Reading time: 3 minutes

LinkedIn becomes a serious player for open learning

It’s fascinating to see how LinkedIn continues to develop its learning offer. With Lynda.com now firmly embedded in its platform, LinkedIn Learning is now opening up to other content sources and enabling customers to upload their own content too. Being able to link employees’ skills profiles with relevant development resources makes the platform all the more powerful. This is definitely one to watch.

– Media: Article and PDF
– Reading time: 2 minutes

Components of a successful L&D strategy

McKinsey’s Chief Learning Officer Nick van Dam has given a sneak peek of his latest book, Elevating L&D, Insights and Practical Guidance from the Field, by making the first chapter available. The book considers the five components of a successful L&D strategy and how to build them into your approach. They are: developing capabilities, attracting and retaining talent, motivating and engaging employees, building an employer brand and creating a values-based culture.

– Media: PDF
– Reading time: 7 minutes

Deep Shift Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact

So the title may be a little bit of a mouthful but bear with us. This is a really super report from the World Economic Forum with lots of useful insights for L&D to ponder. We all know technology is speeding up change across every walk of life and it’s having a marked impact on work and learning and work. This report focuses on the technological shifts we should keep a close eye on, outlining 21 software-enabled shifts that will impact societies in the coming years.

– Media: PDF
– Reading time: 30 minutes

Who to follow on Twitter

This month we’re sharing the Twitter profiles of five senior L&D professionals we think are worth following for interesting and useful insights on learning and performance.

Jonathan Marshall @LearningFCO
Jonathan is Head of Learning at the Diplomatic Academy.

Jo Byrne @jo_lily89
Jo is Group Head of Talent at Cambridge Assessment.

Brian Murphy @bnmurphy14
Brian is Head of Learning and Leadership at Citi EMEA.

Gemma Critchley @GemStGem
Gemma is Head of Technology and Innovation for learning at Aviva.

Mike Shaw @MikeShawLD
Mike is Lead L&D Advisor at Mitie.

Something to watch

The people experience at River Island

This excellent video, filmed at the World of Learning conference 2018, features fashion retailer River Island’s Nebel Crowhurst and Mike Collins talking about how digital is being used to enhance the employee experience. A great case study example of how digital tech is being used to create seamless experiences for customers as well as employees in this rapidly evolving business.

– Watching time: 7 minutes

Events and conferences to check out

Our pick of upcoming L&D events around the world:

28 – 29 January, The Training, Learning and Development Conference, USA
29 – 31 January, LearnTec, Germany
7 February, The LPI Learning Awards, London
13 – 14 February, Learning Technologies, London

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