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The Learning and Development Change Grid revisited. Again.

Fuse is a smart company based in East London which takes a very visual approach to learning. They illustrate ideas and provide a social platform for sharing the results.

Recently they asked me to talk about the L&D Change Grid, which provides the context for my idea of the Training Ghetto (click for  video and text explanations of the Training Ghetto).

When I say they asked me to talk, that’s exactly what I did. I talked about it to Fuse CEO and Chief Storyteller Steve Dineen and he recorded what I said. A while later, they mailed me a link to this, illustrated version of what I’d said:

I think this does a good job of illustrating the idea behind the grid – thanks, Steve! You can catch the rest of Fuse’s videos on their YouTube channel, including a nice one on the 70:20:10 model.

(Disclosure: I wasn’t paid for writing this blog. I just think the Fuse team does a good job.)

My three favourite learning tools

Yesterday Training Zone‘s Jon Kennard interviewed me about what will be hot in L&D technologies in 2014, about the upcoming Learning Technologies conference and about my three favourite learning tools.

Jon has posted the interview on Mixcloud - just click to listen. If you don’t have 8 minutes to listen to the interview, here are those three favourite tools:

  1. Printed books
  2. Notebook and pencil
  3. Internet search

I added a fourth activity which I find invaluable for learning, but which is not really a tool: conversation. It is in conversation, after all, that we put what we have learnt to the test, often re-considering and re-shaping it in the light of others’ understanding. Done well, conversation acts as a sort of accelerated reflection.

(No mention of learning tools would be complete, of course, without a link to Jane Hart’s redoubtable annual survey of the top 100 tools for learning. If you haven’t checked it out, I can thoroughly recommended you do.)

Who are your elearning movers and shakers?

You wait years for a list of elearning movers and shakers and then two come along at once.

On January 2nd, Bob Little of Bob Little PR in the UK published his fifth annual Top Ten E-learning Movers and Shakers - actually five lists for different geographies, made up of a total of 42 people.

But then in December Malaysia’s Zaid Ali Alsagoff, of the International Medical University, launched his own list, to be published at the end of January. From his commentary Zaid’s list is an attempt to run a list completely transparently, in contrast to Bob Little’s approach of using a panel of anonymous judges.

Somewhat confusingly, Zaid’s list is called the Top (e-)Learning Movers & Shakers in 2013.

Each approach has its merits. Zaid’s key one is that anyone can add a candidate to the list, anyone can vote for anyone, everyone can see who’s voted for whom and  you can vote for as many people as you want. Personally, I’ve voted for more than 30 of the candidates. It’s a strong field.

This is transparency in action.

The great thing about Zaid’s list is that is really is wide open. There are over 200 people on the list now. Many of them new to me, which is great – it gives a way of reaching interesting new colleagues around the globe. (Zaid recognizes that people could ‘game’ the system and has a complex algorithm for tackling that.)

It’s such a good idea that I recommend you support it. Just click to scan the list and vote using a Twitter, Facebook, or Linked profile. Voting closes on Monday January 27th.

Of course as chairman of the Learning Technologies Conference, I’m delighted that so many of this year’s speakers and former speakers are on the list. If you’d like to vote for them, just click to be taken directly to their position on the list:

Cammy Bean
Cathy Moore
Charles Jennings
Clark Quinn
Clive Shepherd
Craig Taylor
Curtis Bonk
Donald Clark
Donald H Taylor
George Siemens
Harold Jarche
Jane Bozarth
Jane Hart
Jay Cross
Julie Wedgwood
Laura Overton
Roger Schank
Stephen Downes
Steve Wheeler

As I say, I believe the world-wide learning community should support this. It’s fun, it puts us in touch with new people, and I think we all benefit from it.

Click here to vote before Monday January 27th.

Update [8 Feb 2014]. The results of the#TEMS13  poll were announced on January 26th – you can read them here.  The winner of Zaid’s Alsagoff’s poll (the Top Elearning Mover and Shaker of 2013) is Zaid Alsagoff.

What is learning? #learningis

Brightwave is a smart elearning company based in Brighton, England, who are running a campaign where they ask people how they define learning. It’s generating some interesting replies. Here’s my 50 second definition:

You can see other people’s ideas by following the hashtag #learningis but probably the best explanation comes from the 3 year-old daughter of Colin Welch (@colinwelch) who has just learned how to do buttons up. You can see her response here on YouTube.

Skills for 21st Century L&D Professionals

Don at SpeexxLast week I had the good fortune to be invited to Berlin to talk at the excellent Online Educa conference.

I started by speaking at the pre-conference event run by online language and communications experts Speexx (photo above), followed the next day by facilitating a world cafe on the skills needed by L&D professionals in the 21st Century.

Cafes are great fun – all about conversation rather than speaker delivery, and I was delighted to have a great group to work with. I have also have the privilege of having attended  cafes in the past run by master facilitator David Gurteen.

Cafe 4

David’s unassuming style adds to the effectiveness of his cafes; participants discuss at tables, make notes on a shared document, then circulate to other tables and continue the discussion. The result is valuable learning and reflection at each table.

In this case I decided to formally collect the thoughts of the delegates – a multi-cultural, multi-country, multi-lingual group of about 35 who came up with excellent suggestions to two questions over the course of an hour (following my 10 minute scene-setting). This blog is my opportunity to repay them for their creativity by publishing the results of the cafe.

Cafe 1

Question 1: What skills does L&D need to succeed in the 21st Century?

In my role as chair of the Learning and Performance Institute this has been a long standing interest of mine.

Here, unedited, are the answers the group came up with, in bold if a response was given more than once:

Embrace new technologies and methods
Be lifelong learning
Communications / e-communications
Value/Proof / $ / Results
Change management
Professional / management skills
Designing learning
Facilitating collective intelligence
Decision making
From knowledge to doing
Personalization, Localization, Globalization

This is a combination of skills and values, with some detailed technical skills and some very high-level skills. There was considerable consensus over this set of skills, even though the discussion was harder and more intense when I asked the tables – after initially brain storming all skills – to choose the three they thought most important.

Cafe 2

The second question was about resources: How will L&D go about building these skills? There was a wide range of answers. Here they are, again without any editing (I’ll add links later):

Dirty learning using amateur video
‘Intro to elearning’ (book)
Telling ain’t training’ (book)
‘Training ain’t performance’ (book)
LTSI Learning Tranfer  

Facebook book groups

          Learning and Development

Learning & Development Tree

e-Learning in Developing and Developed Countries

Learning and Development, Home Centre KSA

Learning and Development SA



‘Where good ideas come’ Stephen Johnson

‘Creativity’ Ken Robinson
RSE Animate
‘Resonate’ Nancy Duarte
Best selling books in airports!

LinkedIn influencers list




Corporate learning
Weiterbildings blog
Hypothesis blog
Mindtools app
Twitter – Jane Hart
Ted Talks (put it on your LMS)
Round table discussions
How-to videos
Websites – elearning
Role models
Others who are successful
People thinkings who are good
What they do
Leveraging whoever – blogs, social, media, technology
Networking – conferences, LinkedIn
Seek out knowledge, mapping
Constantly find people who know things and use them
Masie Learning 2013 30 under 30 best resources and website

Amazon You-Tube
Excellence Centre
Knowledge Management Systems
Role rotation

Feedback 1

What a list!

My thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts.

This comprehensive list generates in me one immediate reaction: if this is what 35 people can generate in 15 minutes’ discussion, what else can we produce when we really share?

(It’s also a good argument for more cafe sessions at conferences.)

Saturday 14 December: Having created this post over the past few days of travelling, writing and speaking, I’m glad to get it up, but I’m aware there it’s of limited use without any links. I’ll add those next week when I have time.

In my role as chair of the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute) I have collected many links and resources around the professional development of L&D. Here are a few I recommend visiting: