LearnPatch’s pick of the top L&D blog posts: February 2013


Starting a new, monthly round-up of the best L&D blogs we have a diverse range of posts from a range of writers including 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 link to each author’s Twitter profile and the RSS feed URL if you want to add the blog to your feed reader (simply copy the link and paste into into your feed reader).

We’d like to give huge props to our inspiration Michael Carty over on XpertHR who already curates a monthly round-up of the best HR blogs. His latest round-up is here and we’d recommend following Michael for all things HR related.

Don’t want to; can’t make me
Andrew Jacobs on L&D’s role in trying to change those who do not want to be changed
RSS feed: http://lostanddesperate.com/feed/
Follow Andrew on Twitter: @andrewjacobsLD

Formal Learning: Anxiety
Nick Shackleton-Jones on how the affective context model can be used in artificial circumstances to bring about learning.
RSS feed: http://www.aconventional.com/feeds/posts/default
Follow Nick on Twitter: @shackletonjones

Seeing beyond the classroom
Clive shepherd looks at formal training options and the learner contract.
RSS feed: http://clive-shepherd.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Follow Clive on Twitter: @cliveshepherd

The future is connected, messy, loose and open
To quote from the post: ‘We have developed as social animals and our brains are wired to deal with social relationships. By combining technology with our brainpower, we can figure things out. We are naturally creative and curious. We just have to build systems that nurture our inherent abilities.’
RSS feed: http://www.jarche.com/feed/
Follow Harold on Twitter: @hjarche

Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding
Charles Jennings on taking learning out of the workplace rather than putting it in, which has been the traditional approach to L&D.
RSS feed: http://charles-jennings.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Follow Charles on twitter: @charlesjennings

The Mental Health Carnival
Sukh Pabial curated this set of posts on mental health – it started as a blog post, turned into an event and is quite a story.
RSS feed: http://pabial.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Sukh on Twitter: @sukhpabial

The one with the lion’s den and no Christians
Rob Jones, writing about innovation says it’s how the organisation successfully considers ideas, turns them into plans, funds them and executes them into sustainable change that is the challenge in being more innovative.
RSS feed: http://mastersorbust.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Rob on Twitter: @robjones_tring

Lets Connect, Lets #LDConnect
Mike Collins reflects on the L&D Connect Unconference and the learning technologies conference.
RSS feed: http://www.learningasylum.co.uk/feed/
Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikecollins007

Towards the Connected L&D Department
Jane Hart looks at how the L&D function can move  from a “packaging” role to one that helps to support and “scaffold” learning.
RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/C4lptBlog
Follow Jane on Twitter: @c4lpt

How do you make time for learning?
Now is the time to learn new skills if you are in L&D, says Mike Taylor. And look to develop your personal learning network.
RSS feed: http://tmiket.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Mike on Twitter: @tmiket

Seven strands of co-creation: reflecting on how we learn together in social learning spaces
Julian Stodd’s seven ways that we use our social learning spaces to create meaning.
RSS feed: http://julianstodd.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Mike on Twitter: @julianstodd

Train like you’re going to Rio
Donald Taylor’s reflections on talking to paralympian Liz Johnson and the uplifting advice she shared on striving to be the best.
RSS feed: http://donaldhtaylor.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Donald on Twitter: @donaldhtaylor

TinCan Curious
Sam Burrough explores what the Tin can API could provide L&D teams, individuals and organisations.
RSS feed: http://weelearning.co.uk/feed/
Follow Sam on Twitter: @weelearning

First 24 hours with a #Blackberry Z10 #mlearncon #lscon
Neil Lasher shares his first moments with the Blackberry Z10.
RSS feed: http://neillasher.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Neil on Twitter: @neillasher

Learning is changing
The scale and pace of change in how we learn is changing rapidly. How will workplace learning, colleges and schools keep up, asks Steve Wheeler.
RSS feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/blogspot/cYWZ
Follow Steve on Twitter: @timbuckteeth

Using Game Design To Create Accomplishment Based Learning, Julie Dirksen #astdtk13
Cammy Bean’s liveblogged notes from a session with Julie Dirksen on game design at the ASTD Tech Knowledge 2013 Conference  in San Jose, California.
RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/kineo/nOZK
Follow Cammy on Twitter: @cammybean

Twitter Focus
David Goddin’s reflections on what has come out of his experiment to reduce the number of people he follows on Twitter to 150.
Rss feed: http://peopleperformancepotential.com/feed/
Follow David on Twitter: @changecontinuum

#PunkHr, totaalvoetbal and the Bold Learning Professional
Boldness in L&D.  Why?  What?  Who cares? Read this post by Perry Timms to find out why it matters.
RSS feed: http://adjusteddevelopment.wordpress.com/feed/
Follow Perry on Twitter: @perrytimms

Sperling: most important man you’ve maybe never heard of in online learning
Donald Clark explains all – it is a great tale of an unorthodox man.
RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/dcplanb
Follow Donald on Twitter: @donaldclark

[Picture credit: Smilen Vilev]



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