The things in L&D that we’re loving right now

With love in the air this month we thought we’d treat you a selection of the top things in L&D that we’re loving right now!

If you’re new to the L&D Lowdown, this is where you’ll find the latest L&D-focused research, stories and practical resources from around the world. Each month our expert team curate the content that matters and we bring it to you!


What’s hot for L&D

The Learning & Development Global Sentiment Survey provides a snapshot of what’s hot for L&D professionals. It’s interesting to see personalisation top of the charts, followed by AI and learning analytics. But why is social/collaborative learning in decline and why has gamification dropped off the list?

Reading time: 1 min

The Transformation Journey

15 years of research shows both business and learning leaders have a critical role to play in developing a high performing learning culture. The Transformation Journey report by Towards Maturity provides powerful new evidence to help you analyse, activate and accelerate change.

Reading time: 3 mins + report reading time

Soft skills are human skills

Do you know what soft skills are important for organisations and employees?

Well, one is learning how to learn. Should this be a core capability? And if so, what’s the role for L&D in making it happen.

Reading time: 4 mins

How to gain buy-in for new tech

Solve stakeholder challenges and gain buy-in for new learning technologies. Here are some great tips on how to select the technology your organisations actually needs.

Reading time: 3 mins

Let’s all share – it feels good

Here’s a bank of shared resources that the L&D community think are useful when thinking about developing L&D capability. They’re all freely available so check them out and chip in if you have something to share.

Reading time: This one is up to you!


Who to follow on Twitter

Following on from last month’s recommendations, this month we have selected some of the practitioners who tweeted and blogged from the Learning Technologies conference. You can see details of the full event social media team here.

Anthony Williams @bullsboy
Anthony is the Global Learning Design Manager for Costa Coffee.

Michelle Parry-Slater @MiPS1608 
Michelle is the founder of Kairos Modern Learning and Girlguiding Lead Volunteer for L&D.

Christine Locher @ChristineLocher
Learning leader Christine is also the author of a forthcoming book on decision-making and values.

Kate Graham @kategraham23
Kate is head of content for learning analysts Fosway.

Kim Edwards @KimSEdwards_ 
Kim is senior talent and leadership development manager at Getty Images.


Something to watch

The brain in love

As it’s the month that includes Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this short TED talk on love. Anthropologist Helen Fisher shares insights from research into how the brain reacts to love.

Watch the talk >


Events and conferences to check out

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

28 February – L&DConnect Unconference 2019, Manchester
14 March – CIPD Scotland Annual Conference 2019, Edinburgh
19-20 March – Unleash, London
26-28 March – Learning Solutions, US
25 April – Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2019, London

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