I thought I’d flag up two pieces of work that caught my eye last week.
Firstly, Jane Hart (@C4LPT) has published some contributions she’s gathered for an article entitled: “What if there were no L&D Department?”
These include comments from well-known L&D thinkers Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn and Harold Jarche.. and from a couple of colleagues in the FCO L&D community as well.
The comments are well worth scrolling down. To pick out some possible consensus (amidst much disagreement), if we’re going to continue with internal providers they’re going to need to be:
- Loud advocates of learning
- Heavily into the curation of content (making sense of the world for busy learners: signposting, recommending, packaging)
- More focused on surfacing the tacit learning within an organisation, than buying from outside
An intriguing comment by Peter Davis (@Pete27513650): if the L&D Department disappeared, you could replace learning design with performance design. (Couldn’t you do that anyway?)
And a chilling comment by Natalie Lafferty (@nlafferty): “In some cases Lynda.com is the new L&D Department”. I don’t know if she meant it to be chilling. I find it chilling because Lynda.com isn’t going to be interested in internal content, promoting learning or building peer communities – it’s going to be interested in selling more courses and resources through Lynda.com
Secondly, this slidepack by @Josh_Bersin (“The Future of Corporate Learning: Ten Disruptive Trends”) is worth looking at, especially from slide 18. MOOCs and video are explosive. L&D spend is growing quickly after a slump. Instructor-led learning is dying. Content and curation are king. Gamification, coaching, mentoring, apprenticeships are big.
I paraphrase. If you’re into clipping slides, I recommend 35, 36 and 38 – great charts and infographics.
Thank you for the thought-provocation, and looking forward to lively discussions..!