Editor’s note: Fingers crossed that the Covid-19 crisis will see improvements in working life, driven by inquiry into how we have always done things. As Rob Briner points out in this piece, a good place to start would be the meeting.
Editor’s note: This is an in-depth look at the role of practice in learning. To practise something is to help turn knowledge into a skill. However, much learning design omits the opportunities to put new knowledge into practice – and repeatedly over time.
Editor’s note: I thought this list is interesting for the way it measures and quantifies culture. There are also some stats theatre worth paying attention to. For example, 24% of organisations who have a successful culture – as measured by the index – have a female CEO or chairwoman versus 7% of Fortune 500 companies.
Editor’s note: A group of academics who study the spread of misinformation has created a guide book on debunking myths and misinformation. It provides tips on how to debunk a myth and also how to inoculate against misinformation. The guide is a useful read if you are looking at how to develop media literacy skills.
Editor’s note: I ran a webinar on fake news and misinformation this week and this article was one of my source materials. The piece looks at how the human condition makes us susceptible to believing misinformation.
Editor’s note: I’m lucky that my job enables me to read a lot. This week I noticed more jargon than usual. using jargon is easily done but it is not useful to anyone. At best it can be exclusive and at worst meaningless. With my journalist hat on, my advice is to keep it simple. And this guide from the Plain English Campaign does just that.
Editor’s note: A survey of 958 company directors shows that three-quarters would be keeping increased home-working after the Covid-19 pandemic and more than half intended to cut the use of workplaces in the future. This is yet more evidence of the way work is changing and will continue to change.
Editor’s note: The Learning and Performance Institute has put together a dashboard of all the data it collects across its networks. Here the institute shares the top five challenges of L&D leaders. Learning culture is the top priority. You can also find out the strongest and weakest skills across the profession.
Editor’s note: This is a useful analysis of designing for emotions (rather than cognition, which has been the focus of much learning design). The author, Donald Clark, pulls on the work of design and user experience expert Don Norman and shows how L&D can use emotion in learning design.
Editor’s note: The four people professionals interviewed in this piece say the way their organisations approach performance conversations has shifted considerably from formal, annual meetings to regular communications. The latter allows managers and individuals to flag up performance problems before they become a bigger issue.
Editor’s note: There some very sound advice here. Some simple steps can make online meetings useful, relevant and maybe even enjoyable . . .
Major expansion of post-18 education and training to level up and prepare workers for post-COVID economy
Editor’s note: This week, the UK prime minister Boris Johnson set out plans to transform post-education training and skills. It looks as if there will be flexible funding for adults to develop skills throughout their career.
Editor’s note: This article does a great job answering the question posed in the title. It looks at definitions of learning and learning theories and explores nine key theories most relevant to designing blended and online learning.
Editor’s note: Now more than ever we need to have our wits about us when looking at graphs and other data visualisations. This piece shows us what to look out for to ensure we don’t misinterpret what we see.
Editor’s note: Here are some very useful posters on designing for accessibilty from the UK government’s Home Office. A number of access requirements are covered here and the posters are a great example of how to share information in a simple, graphic way.