My reflections on Learning 2013, a great conference with over 1,600 people attending, run by Elliott Masie. Attending, I identified 5 trends in the packed schedule, and 5 things that are gathering momentum.
- Compression – learning content is getting shorter. Dramatically so.
- Video is here to stay, especially short videos.
- Big data will be part of our lives in business and L&D needs to be able to understand and use it. We can be its slave or its master.
- Neuroscience – we know more than ever about how the brain learns. Let’s use that knowledge.
- Courage will be needed to make the changes the profession requires.
Things around for a while and now gathering momentum:
- The classroom – it’s being flipped, changed and increasingly used to get the best out of face-to-face contact
- Performance support – kudos to Conrad Gottfreson and Bob Mosher for making the language of performance mainstream
- Measurement and value – we’re getting away from mechanistic ROI to an understanding of what creating value really means
- Leading learning with data, not dogma. I dream of a day when fact-based decision making becomes the norm in our profession.
- The role of L&D in the future. Do we have the skills to do the job? I was lucky enough to meet people who I believe do have those skills at the conference
Photos by Ed Burke, the Masie Center