Category Archives: Social learning

What it means to transform workplace learning


This is a re-work of a previous post. There is a lot of talk about transforming workplace learning. But what does it actually mean? A recent Harvard Business Review article, What do you really mean by business “transformation” describes three different “categories of effort, and this is valuable to help us understand workplace learning transformation. The […]

The rise of the MWL Intrapreneur


I recently read a powerful blog post by Helen Blunden called Learning & Development need to get their groove back. Helen is the recipient of the inaugural Jay Cross Memorial Award, and has wide experience both of working within L&D and more recently as a external consultant. All of which has led her to the conclusion .. […]

The Modern Workplace Learning Challenge

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THE PUBLIC CHALLENGE RUNS 5 SEPTEMBER – 25 NOVEMBER (or email [email protected] to organise a private, bespoke challenge for your team) Modern Workplace Learning doesn’t just mean modernizing training and e-learning, but radically changing the way you think about and support learning in the organisation. It means helping to build the social organisation – so that […]

Modern Professional Learning (MPL) meets Modern Workplace Learning (MWL)

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Modern Professional Learning (MPL), an approach which many professionals are now (consciously or unconsciously) adopting, involves taking responsibility for their own career and self-development through continuous learning, on demand problem solving and getting the most out of their daily work. A large part of it happens, of course, outside of their organisation – primarily on the Web. Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) is an L&D […]

Empowering Employee-Led Learning


Over the last 10 years (since I’ve been running my Top 100 Tools for Learning survey) I’ve written lots of posts and articles about how the way the Web is changing the way we learn. And recently there have been a number of other studies that have concurred with my findings! One of my own recent posts considered […]

Radically rethinking the role of L&D


In July 2016 I read a number of blog posts and articles that argued the case for a radical rethink of the role of L&D in today’s workplace. Here are just three. The first one, It’s the Company’s Job to Help Employees Learn written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Mara Swan (HBR 18 July) made a number of significant points. Here are a few […]

100 Twitter accounts for Philomaths (Lovers of Learning)


A philomath is a lover of learning.  A philomath is not synonymous with a polymath; a philomath is a seeker of knowledge and facts, while a polymath is a possessor of knowledge in multiple fields. (Wikipedia) Here are 100 Twitter feeds to follow for philomaths, the curious and those who would like to improve their general knowledge – from both institutions […]

The Inaugural Jay Cross Memorial Award goes to ….


Reposted from the Internet Time Alliance website. The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organisation and/or on the […]

What will be the Top Tools for Learning in 2016?


Voting is now underway in my popular annual survey of Learning Tools and already a large number of votes have been submitted. This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the list, I will be producing a massive Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016. Additionally, in order to understand how these tools are being used in […]

My pick of the best posts of June 2016


Here are my favourite 10 blog posts and articles from June 2016. 1 – We start with another great infographic from Arun Pradan: Work is Learning (how to burst the training bubble) – shown right – which summarizes a lot of the work from us in the Internet Time Alliance. 2 – In The Driving Test: the canary in the mine for […]