Each month we take a look at some of the most interesting research and articles on online learning, social learning and technology.
Organisations need to make learning hard
One of our favourite articles this month comes from the Harvard Business Review, where Dorothy Leonard, Professor of Business Administration Emerita at Harvard Business School argues that if learning is easy, it’s probably not working. This gives real food for thought for organisations with huge focusses on performance support.
Where environments are complex, the pace of change is rapid and factors such as increased competition, budget pressures and changing workforce, the application of skills in an ever changing landscape are critical.
‘Both learners and teachers confuse performance during training (termed “retrieval strength”) with long-term retention and the ability to apply the lessons (“storage strength”)…real learning – that is, the kind which embeds knowledge and skills in long-term memory – is never simple”
To strengthen mental storage and retrieval at point of need, Leonard suggests that using a range of strategies, interleaving different modes of learning and content types to build as many connections as possible.
On the WillowDNA blog this month, we discuss the new learning professional and their role as Performance Catalysts.
‘A catalyst acts in a unique way to make a lower barrier to cause a reaction to happen. Putting the right people together in the right environment at the right time with right tools, that’s how we catalyse that learning’. – Tom Spiglanin.
Whilst much of the current discourse in L&D is about the Learning Revolution and questions about the very survival of the role in organisations, we offers an insight into the critical role learning professionals will take in achieving the strategic goals of orgainsations and why their role is more important than ever.
With Christmas upon us and time for reading being squeezed by christmas parties, feeding the christmas cake and last minute present buying, this month’s book review is for the concise, 76 page publication from Donald H Taylor:
Donald H Taylor
Donald H Taylor in his role as Chairman on the Learning and Skills Group has hosted more webinars than most of us have ever attended! In his many years working with presenters from a range of backgrounds delivering online sessions, Taylor shares with us his reflections and advice on what constitutes the most engaging and successful webinars.
This short book is practical in focus and provides plenty of checklists that will aid in the planning and delivery of your next webinar. But more than that, it’s Taylor’s opportunity to share his passion for the medium – it’s clear that in his view, webinars are in no way the face to face presentation’s poor relationship.
They provide an opportunity for collaboration across environments and timezones unrivalled by many other mediums. This book can help you make the most of this cost effective, wide reaching presentation channel.