Archive for month: May, 2014

Why MOOCs could mean more than LinkedIn

29 May
May 29, 2014 There’s no doubt about it – the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is on the rise.  According to research from Duke/RTI 31% of those surveyed had heard of a MOOC – 50% in education and a lowly 14% in finance and retail.  There’s been some really bad press about MOOCs – especially around the completion rates and potential for monetisation – but perhaps the strongest advocate of MOOCs is emerging – the employer. Back to the research by Duke/RTI where among the expected percentages Read more [...]

Back to basics for L&D

22 May
May 22, 2014 It’s survey season once more and there’s a worrying trend to the emerging messages.  L&D needs to get back to basics – to understand the business and to deliver.  It’s time to forget the fads and concentrate on the facts. The CIPD has recently published its annual Learning and Development Survey.  One of the key findings is that there should be “closer integration of L&D activity and business strategy anticipated – the most common organisational changes that will affect Read more [...]

Increasing the effectiveness of your L&D department – Part I

15 May
May 15, 2014 Effectiveness is a ‘hot word’ in business.  In this post I’ll be looking at ten strategies that every manager can adopt, each of which will increase the effectiveness of your department. Together they will aid in the repositioning of your department as a key change agent within your business. The ten key strategies are: 1. aligning yourself with the business 2. ensuring you have a clear departmental strategy 3. developing a workable business plan 4. delivering measurable results 5. Read more [...]

Alignment requires consistency

08 May
May 8, 2014 In the third of my series of posts focusing on what makes an aligned L&D function, I’ll be looking at the second of the three key components - consistency. Consistency According to one definition of consistency is: “Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behaviour.” For the purposes of alignment, there are two key factors that make up consistency, which are: If you’ve said something is important Read more [...]

The classroom is dead, long live the classroom!

01 May
May 1, 2014 For corporate learning, classrooms are a thing of the past – or are they?  Survey after survey reveals conflicting information; however, despite all the hype around elearning, distance learning and the like, the classroom still seems to be in rude(ish) health. According to a survey conducted by training provider Video Arts, classroom training is back in vogue. The survey of 294 learning and development professionals showed 93% now use classroom training (up from 82% in 2012), 82% use e-learning Read more [...]