UK learning and development – embracing unconferences

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Next month sees two unconferences take place in the UK for L&D professionals. The first is to be held in Glasgow on 3 October and will be followed by a second unconference in London on 31 October. The fact there are two in the same month would suggest that more L&D professionals are keen to […]

From heroic to collaborative leadership


This article first appeared on the LCP website. The old style of leadership is on the way out. Heroic leaders, where it is all about the leader as an individual and how they want to lead teams and organisations from the front, are no longer relevant in today’s global, diverse and fast-moving world. Instead, leadership […]

Did the CIPD ‘drop the ball on learning and development’? An exclusive interview with the CIPD’s Andy Lancaster

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Andy Lancaster took over as the CIPD’s head of L&D at the start of the year. As well as heading up the institute’s £5m training arm, Lancaster has helped pioneer its Leaders in Learning network, is working with the Elearning Network and has just announced a strategic partnership with benchmarking organization Towards Maturity. LearnPatch caught […]

Where should L&D start when it comes to big data?

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Last week Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, wrote a lengthy article on big data in the Financial Times. In it he got under the skin of what has become a huge buzz term in businesses around the world. And if it is a buzz term that senior executives are looking at, you can […]

A review of #ldcu Scotland


Twenty-five L&D professionals, one day, no structure – or maybe a little, and what do you get? The inaugural L&D Connect Scotland unconference, which took place in Edinburgh last week. As an unconference, the event agenda was set by the participants. At the start of the day, participants were asked the following three questions: Who […]

Learning as an outcome versus being capable of doing the job


Paul Matthews has a favourite dilemma he likes to put to people when talking to them about capability. This is it: “You take your car into the garage, and the mechanic tells you that he knows exactly what is wrong with the car and that he can fix it and that it is a ten […]

Learning Tech InsideOut – a fringe event for Learning Technologies 2014


We are delighted to announce our fringe event for Learning Technologies 2014 conference which will be taking place at the end of day one of the conference on Wednesday 29 January 2014. The event is titled Learning Tech InsideOut because we have managed to get five speakers from day one of the conference to bring […]

Classroom training ‘back with a vengeance’, according to survey


Classroom training is back in vogue, according to a survey by training provider Video Arts. The survey of 294 learning and development professionals showed 93% now use classroom training (up from 82% in 2012), 82% use e-learning (79% in 2012), 20% use mobile learning (12% in 2012) and 52% are using webinars (27% in 2012). […]

Should there be a growing sense of urgency in L&D?

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Is L&D behind the times? Does it need to rethink how it does what it does? Two L&D heavyweights think so. Nick Shackleton- Jones, director, online and informal learning at BP has published a post titled the Tragedy of L&D in which he says L&D must stop ‘dumping content’ on learners. He says that L&D routinely […]

World of Learning 2013 day one: passports, elearning and talent management

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The learning function was at the heart of logistics company DHL’s transformation which saved the company from going out of business. According to Rick Jackson, head of the Certified International Specialist programme at DHL, the company was losing 2bn euros a year in 2008. Thanks to the L&D activities at DHL, that has been turned […]

The unwilling learner: curated links


A week to this day Brent Schlenker, director, product/technology training for IO, wrote a blog post – his first in a year. Schlenker, a prolific learning and development blogger is back to blogging after a year out. Reflecting on his year back in corporate L&D he says that learning is about people, not technology and […]

Elearning’s very own college dropout: a profile of Ben Betts

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He flunked school, got kicked out of college, set up a successful business and has just been awarded a PhD. Ben Betts has spent half his life in elearning and at 30 years old it is clear there is a lot more to come. LearnPatch caught up with Betts in the week he launched the […]

Reimagining the L&D function at Lambeth Council


If you haven’t been following Andrew Jacobs on Twitter you have missed the story of L&D transformation. Jacobs is the Learning and Development Manager at the London Borough of Lambeth where he has reinvented the organisation’s delivery of L&D. He has narrated this transformation on his blog Lost and Desperate. Jacobs has been tasked with […]

LearnPatch’s pick of the top L and D blog posts: July 2013


Here is our round-up of posts published in July from L&D bloggers – both practitioners and consultants. Our aim is to highlight the excellent thinking, writing and sharing from L&D bloggers around the world. There is no science to this list – we flag up posts that we have enjoyed. We have also included a […]

LPI Capability Map shows yawning gaps in L&D skills


Learning and development professionals say they are strong in traditional skills such as face-to-face delivery and learning content design but are weak in business skills and newer skills such as developing collaborative learning. These are the headline findings from the self-assessments of 983 learning and development professionals who have measured their skills using the Learning […]