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In L&D Lowdown this month

2018 Workplace Learning Report 

This research of 4,000 employees by LinkedIn Learning looks at the learning challenges and opportunities for L&D professionals, executives and employees. It’s a big study with some great insights. One takeaway for L&D is to remember to balance immediate skills development with those needed for the future.

– Media: PDF
– Reading time: 15 minutes

The Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM)

Will Thalheimer researches workplace learning – in particular, learning evaluation. In this article, he shares links to his new learning evaluation model. Whether you are a fan or Kirkpatrick or not, this is a must read if you are interested in evaluation.

– Media: Article
– Reading time: 1 minute (plus research background)

Master the Team Meeting

Meetings should be more useful than they are. Why? Because not enough forethought is put into making them work well. This article offers some great tips and reminds us to start by establishing whether a meeting is actually to get things done.

– Media: Article
– Reading time: 3 minutes

The Secret to Successful Knowledge Seeding

The authors of this report say: “Knowledge seeding is particularly effective when companies are introducing new products or technologies that have significant learning curves.” There are some useful insights here into how organisations can nurture knowledge sharing through online communities – both internally and externally.

– Media: Article
– Reading time: 5 minutes (free subscription needed)

The Transformation Curve – 2018 Benchmark Research

Learning industry benchmark organisation Towards Maturity has published its latest research into how 700 L&D professionals are using technology in learning design and delivery. This report provides much more than data, it also provides a model to help learning teams move towards what it calls ‘learning maturity’.

– Media: Article
– Reading time: 1 minute (plus report reading time)

GP recommends this month

The GoodPractice team are veritable magpies of interesting L&D content. Here’s a quick round-up of the videos, podcasts, events and Twitter happenings that caught our attention this month.

Something to watch (6 minutes)

The user experience of making a pancake – A great video from Nick Shackleton-Jones and Nick Welch about how to present resources at the point of need – as told through the process of making a pancake.

Who to follow on Twitter

– Learning Now TV @learningnowTV is the only TV programme dedicated to corporate learning.
– Tim Harford @TimHarford presents the BBC’s More or Less programme and likes to dig into numbers to establish the facts.
– Julie Dirksen @useablelearning is a leading practitioner and thinker in learning design.

Event and conferences to check out

– Learning Solutions, 27-29 March, Orlando, US
– Next Learning, 24 April, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
– CIPD Learning and Development Show, 25-26 April, Olympia, London

Something to listen to (28 minutes)

Podcast: Learning from Life and Death – Journalist and author Matthew Syed explores the process of trial and error and how organisations do and don’t learn from their mistakes.

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