The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

Editor’s note: Interesting piece from Jane Hart on chatbots and how they could be used as a learning technology.

What would happen if there were no L&D department?

Editor’s note: This question, posed by Jane hart, prompted much Twitter discussion and became the topic of an #ldinsight conversation. Here Jane Hart pulls out highlights from the responses.

The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital

Editor’s note: Not many surprises here in terms of what sectors are experiencing the most disruption. The article has a useful take on how companies can respond in the face of this disruption.

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

Editor’s note: Moore’s Law has been mentioned a lot at learning conferences. But has it had its day? This article looks at some limitations to our technology (processors) that might suggest Moore’s Law is coming to an end.

Human Capital Trends 2016

Editor’s note: Latest research from Deloitte says that organisational design (and redesigning how organisations work) is the number one human capital priority for the year ahead.

Learning Futures: with Lynda Gratton

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Editor’s note: Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business school, outlines essential skills for HR and how organisations can close their skills gaps.

The Classroom of the Future

Editor’s note: This article is inspired by the #ldinsight discussion on the role of the classroom in L&D. It explores how school classrooms are, or will be, changing.

Equipping yourself for the digitally-transformed future

At the end of his keynote speech to the Learning Technologies Conference 2016, futurist Ben Hammersley was asked what L&D professionals could do to be prepared for the #technology-disrupted future of learning. This was his answer . . .

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?

Editor’s note: Really interesting reflections posed – and questions asked – about what out future relationships with machines for our own humanity. In some senses the workplace is really going to feel this keenly as more jobs are automated.

Nigel Paine on making sense of learning in 2016


Read research into business and L&D #trends and it is plain to see that change is all around learning professionals, which is why we are asking industry insiders to make sense of change and frame it in terms of learning. We start with author, speaker and former chief learning officer Nigel Paine. What are the […]

Wipro’s Chief Learning Officer On The Future Of Learning And Career Development

Editor’s note: In this podcast, Abhijit Bhaduri, the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro, looks at changes in how employees learn, shifting to learning being driven by the learner, and new skills for L&D – think curation, curiosity and influence.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond

Editor’s note: There’s some interesting reading coming out of Davos this week. This piece describes the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and its attendant opportunities and challenges. To quote: ‘We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.’

Workforce Learning Trends 2016

Editor’s note: Surya Prakash Mohapatra, Head of Training and Knowledge Management for India at Hewlett Packard Global Business Services, shares some pragmatic learning trends for the year ahead.

L&D Global Sentiment 2016

Editor’s note: The Learning and Performance Institute’s Donald Taylor has canvassed opinion on what will be hot in L&D in 2016. Here he shares the answers, based on the responses of 728 people. A good list to sense check your activities for the year ahead.

Ex-BBC HR Director Lucy Adams: ‘Stop spoon-feeding L&D’

Editor’s note: A short piece this but another reminder from a former senior HR director that the future of L&D will not be spoon-feeding training to colleagues.