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1502, 2021

L&D & Diversity & Inclusion Learning Efforts [Black History Month Special]

By |February 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

It's Black History month and we are all about intentionally educating ourselves during this time... and ongoing. Let's be real. Out of all the modern learning work we could do as L&D professionals, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is not a one-and-done event. While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs have been a part of many organizations for years, in the last 12 months we have seen a big shift in [...]

1002, 2021

Building Learning Capability ft. Pat McLagan

By |February 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Imagine if you could double or even triple the effectiveness of your learning programs. How could you do that? By understanding that your learners have agency and working with that agency to help grow "super learners". What if your learners proactively grew their own capability to engage with your L&D products? Pat McLagan, author of Unstoppable You: Adopt the New Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life shared her work with the [...]

2601, 2021

Who is a Modern Learner?

By |January 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

When you imagine a “Modern Learner,” what comes to mind? Many people we’ve asked that question automatically imagine a millennial, or someone who is really into technology. As we move from an industrial age to a digital one, when it comes to modern learning it’s not so much about technology, rather, it’s about choices surrounding learning. At February's dialogue, we will be exploring Learn-Ability and diving into learning mindsets with [...]

1901, 2021

New Goals for a New Year of High-Impact L&D Initiatives

By |January 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s three weeks into the new year and I’m sure you’re already thinking ahead to the success you want in 2021. Our goals shape our solutions and results. When transitioning from creating “peanut butter,” one-size-fits all training to designing strategic learning clusters to meet learners in their moment of learning need, L&D professionals need to set new goals. So, what does this new goal look like? The new goal is [...]

1101, 2021

2021 Goals: Moving from 70:20:10 to Learning Touchpoints

By |January 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

You might be familiar with the popular 70-20-10 model, which formulates that learners obtain 70 percent of their knowledge from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal educational events. This model has been around since the early 1980s, and is widely used amongst L&D professionals globally. The 70-20-10 model seeks to encourage L&D to consider their role outside of formal learning. However, in practice, organizations inadvertently make the following [...]

601, 2021

January’s Modern Learning Community Speaker: Loc Nguyen

By |January 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

In the video below, Loc Nguyen, Director of Customer Education at Bluescape shares the following takeaways from the Learning Cluster Design workshop: How he moved from the mindset of  “just building a course” to giving his learners the freedom to learn when, where and how they want to learn The wins he and his team have experienced after attending the workshop and implementing the LCD model His advice to L&D [...]

712, 2020

How Uncovering Learner Personas Actually Reduce Design Time

By |December 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t you love to learn more about your learners and make an even bigger impact with your learning initiatives? In an ever-changing, fast-paced world, L&D professionals are often asked to do a lot, with very little time. For many learning and development models to actually transform on-the-job behavior, they require deep analysis, expert-level design and thoroughly planned implementation. While most L&D professionals would love to run through all of these [...]

2311, 2020

Assessing This Year’s Remote Learning Strategy

By |November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

As we approach Thanksgiving here in the US and the end of the year in general, I find myself reflecting on the year. This year brought along with it many workplace shifts and challenges. For L&D, the biggest shift we faced was reimagining workplace learning without live, in person training classes. Many L&D professionals were quick to convert all of their instructor-led live training into eLearning courses and curriculums, spending [...]

1711, 2020

L&D Shifting Responsibility for the Workplace, Not Just the Classroom

By |November 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

For as long as organizational learning has been around, so has the concept of our role being the owners and deliverers of content. Our sole purpose has been to “create training,” and with that came the need to exist as subject matter experts in the content being delivered. Rather than being strategic learning partners, the L&D field fell into a pattern of order taking, and with information changing as rapidly [...]

911, 2020

How to Use, Not Lose, Your L&D Expertise When Modernizing

By |November 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

One of the biggest barriers to change and transformation when it comes to designing modern learning is the idea of having to “unlearn” all of the tools and models that got us where we are today. Many L&D professionals are either hesitant to apply a new model for fear of having to start from scratch, while others are over-eager to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and recreate every [...]

211, 2020

Move Beyond Measuring Training Participation

By |November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

When we look at how L&D professionals report learning “success,” it’s typically defined by learner usage and participation. But is there a direct connection between participation in a learning asset and learning success? Can we assume that by showing up, learning has happened and will be applied in the moments where it counts? We often judge success as having high completion rates, increased attendance and a substantial number of classroom [...]

2810, 2020

Making Strategic Choices When Designing Learning

By |October 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

When implementing any model, old or new, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of having to follow every step in the process to a T. The best models work with your ability to navigate your situation, needs, and context. We are often asked if each action of the OK-LCD model needs adoption in order to create a modern learning experience. Watch below as co-creator of the LCD Model, Lisa M.D. Owens [...]

1910, 2020

How can we NOT start from scratch and modernize training we already have?

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Would you agree that the most common approach to modernizing L&D is to throw out what you have and start from scratch? This is one of the most common problems we share in our book. Each time a new model, theory or approach comes out, we in L&D often immediately write off our old programs as outdated and send them packing to the vault. Even worse, many of those old programs are kept [...]

510, 2020

Are You Surrounding Learners with Meaningful Assets?

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

For decades, the L&D industry has operated under the same guiding principle – when you have the learner’s attention, give them all the training content you can because you never know when you’ll see them next. It could be one, two, three months or even a year until we get 8 hours of their “undivided” attention again, so we lay all of our content cards on the table, yet feel [...]

2809, 2020

Action of the Week: Change On-the-Job Behavior

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In an ever-changing world that gives us information at our fingertips and with anything more than a two-day delivery window seeming like a lifetime, the “need it yesterday” mentality is not slowing down. As L&D professionals, we face this every day from stakeholders and senior leaders who, rather than seeking out their internal training departments with a problem, come to the table with their own idea of a training strategy [...]

2809, 2020

Compliance LCD Case Study

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Here’s a REAL EXAMPLE of a Learning Cluster and L&D professional developed in our workshop. ASK: The business asked the LCD workshop participant to develop and update their annual harassment training to remain compliant with standard HR & Legal Policies. TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS: e-Learning module, videos with knowledge check, or live-class. LCD APPROACH: The workshop participant had a huge aha moment by refocusing the Goal on Performance and Strategic Impact - It’s not [...]

2809, 2020

Onboarding LCD Case Study

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Here's a REAL EXAMPLE of a Learning Cluster and L&D professional developed in our workshop. ASK: We need new hire onboarding. TRADITIONAL APPROACH: 1 week long live class or blended learning to orient to company, orient to people, orient to technical skills, etc. LCD APPROACH: First, we get clear on the most critical differences we want to see on the job from the employee, with clear ROI for the business. The [...]

2809, 2020

ATD Article: Still Just Designing Training? Start Designing Learning Clusters

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

We all do it. We cram as much content into a training course as we can. Why? Because once we get an employee’s attention, we have to take advantage of that time; otherwise, we may not see these learners again for some time to come. But what if we could do it differently? What if, instead of providing learning assets that employees use only once every few months (see How the [...]

1708, 2020

Author Q&A: Designing for Modern Learning

By |August 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The following is a Q&A with Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens, the authors of Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM, the latest book from ATD Press about how L&D professionals can better design for the modern learner. 1. What does “Designing for Modern Learning” mean? Is there a definition for modern learning or for the modern learner? Crystal: When people hear the term modern learner, almost everyone thinks or describes [...]

1708, 2020

PR Release: New Model Helps L&D Professionals Meet the Needs of Modern Learners

By |August 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM (ATD Press, June 2020), L&D experts Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens introduce the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design (OK-LCD) model to address the question of how L&D professionals can better design for modern learning. In a world where learning is needed every day, the role of L&D is more important than ever, but the toolkit used by L&D professionals is outdated [...]

3112, 2019

Why Learning is So Important to Gen Z

By |December 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

What do you do when you’re faced with the unknown? The unknown used to be combatted by asking the experts with years of experience, passing on stories, and, frankly, sheer faith. You learned to transform the unknown into the known by doing — and doing took time. In that time, nothing much changed about what you were learning. It certainly didn’t change to the extent that your knowledge would be [...]

1806, 2019

“You Might Also Like” How AI Gets Employees Hooked on Learning

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

There are two reasons why people learn: 1) because they are told to and 2) because they choose to. Historically, learning and development teams have been focused on delivering the former. The highest priorities tend to be those that mitigate the biggest business risks: compliance, performance, leadership, management, and general onboarding. It’s all about telling people what they need to know to be most successful in their jobs and when [...]

3004, 2019

Putting Learner Personas to Work: A Case Study

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

In our previous post, we explored the idea of using learner personas. L&D practitioners need to learn how to identify key subgroups within the larger target audience then collect or create the right array of learning assets to meet the learning needs. What’s more, they must go beyond segmenting learner groups by the traditional criteria of age, experience, education, language, job role, and so forth. Here’s a sample description of three [...]

1004, 2019

It’s Not Just One Target Audience

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Who are we designing for?” That’s traditionally one of the first questions asked by L&D when starting a training project. Typically, there’s just one answer, and it sounds something like this: all managers, or IT employees using the XYZ program, or customer-facing employees. In other words, it’s a description of the one target audience. Once we have that single target learner group definition, we design one training solution to cover the needs of this [...]

2103, 2018

A New World of Learning Clusters for L&D

By |March 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Has L&D already given up on having a presence in informal learning? Are we going to remain stuck in our world of classes and courses, the world of counting seats filled and clicks on e-learning? We’re seeing some L&D professionals willing to embrace new possibilities, but most are struggling to find a way forward. That’s no surprise; our industry is facing a staggering increase in complexity as well as organizational [...]

1511, 2017

What Clues Do Millennials Hold for Modern Learning and Development?

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Millennials: the word we are – dare I say it – sick of. Yet we still don’t understand how to deal with the changes that became urgent when this generation joined the workplace. I began speaking on this topic over five years ago when I saw HR leaders repeating generational stereotypes. In my work, I have given over 100 talks that have left attendees saying, “I will never use the [...]

2903, 2017

When Learning Gets Modernized – What Does the Research Say Will Happen?

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today’s busy employees desire quick, convenient access to information so they can react immediately to constant change in the business world as well work on upskilling themselves when it fits into their schedule. Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens describe the modern learner as: “Someone who is in an environment where content changes fast and learning needs change even faster. Modern learners want answers right away and rely on a [...]

2806, 2016

Are You Part of a Modern L&D Organization?

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Being part of a modern learning and development (L&D) organization can be easier than you think. It does not mean you have to buy and learn to use all the latest high-tech apps, software, and e-whatever. Instead, it means looking at the role of L&D through a different lens. Most L&D organizations are caught up in the rat race of trying to deliver more and more training to help employees [...]

306, 2016

Are You A Modern Learner?

By |June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We design learning for an increasingly diverse environment, spanning regions, ages, generations, functions, and roles. But are you a modern learner? What does it mean to be a modern learner? Picture the last time you needed new information or to learn a new skill, personally or professionally. How did you discover the answer? Chances are, you used a search engine, read articles, or watched videos until you closed your knowledge [...]

2604, 2016

Is Reading a Book a Modern Learning Method?

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Should we discard all learning methods of the past to meet the demands of modern learning opportunities? Probably not. We certainly need to modernize learning to keep up with how, when, and where learners need it. However, although it may come as a surprise, digital and flashy isn’t what makes learning modern. But it’s best to trend toward the modern side of learning to keep today’s learners engaged.  We often [...]

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