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Why Learning is So Important to Gen Z

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 irrelevant. Sounds comfortable – and, unfortunately, a bit unrealistic today. If you’re like most people, today you Google it and make sure to get the latest answer. The goal for organizations [...]

Why Learning is So Important to Gen Z2023-03-03T00:00:17-05:00

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

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 and where they can get that training. Now, it’s time to retool how we train employees. In addition to being company-centric— delivering what needs to be known (i.e. company priorities)—it’s time [...]

“You Might Also Like” How AI Gets Employees Hooked on Learning2023-03-03T00:02:53-05:00

Putting Learner Personas to Work: A Case Study

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 personas used for developing manager training: Chris, the new manager, is under 35 years old, loves to text and chat online, is highly motivated to be good at this new job, [...]

Putting Learner Personas to Work: A Case Study2023-03-03T00:06:23-05:00

It’s Not Just One Target Audience

“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 monolithic target. This approach is not working for modern learners. Once we have that single target learner group definition, we design one training solution to cover the needs of this monolithic target. Because [...]

It’s Not Just One Target Audience2023-03-01T22:39:01-05:00

A New World of Learning Clusters for L&D

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 expectations that reduce L&D’s control of learning experiences. As a result, the L&D profession is becoming less relevant for employees. Research by Degreed shows that modern learners use L&D’s traditional course solutions about [...]

A New World of Learning Clusters for L&D2023-03-01T22:34:24-05:00

What Clues Do Millennials Hold for Modern Learning and Development?

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 words ‘lazy’ and ‘entitled’ again” – a big win. But there is much more to do. Once we move beyond bias, we can turn our attention to dealing with the real [...]

What Clues Do Millennials Hold for Modern Learning and Development?2023-03-01T22:29:40-05:00

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

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 wide variety of sources to find the answer. In other words, almost everyone today is a modern learner!” (Are You a Modern Learner?) This reality brings consequences for those designing and [...]

When Learning Gets Modernized – What Does the Research Say Will Happen?2023-03-01T22:27:35-05:00

Are You Part of a Modern L&D Organization?

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 stay up-to-date with their job needs. For L&D people, the job is overwhelming! We get one training program deployed only to discover that it’s already out of date because of a [...]

Are You Part of a Modern L&D Organization?2023-03-03T00:09:12-05:00

Are You A Modern Learner?

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 gap. You may have also asked a friend, colleague, or social network for the answer. The content you found was probably rated by others as good content and may have even [...]

Are You A Modern Learner?2023-03-01T21:57:49-05:00

Is Reading a Book a Modern Learning Method?

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 hear contradictions such as, “Modern learners appreciate e-learning, but they also want old-fashioned classroom training.” So what makes a learning method modern?  In our ongoing research on this topic, we’ve found [...]

Is Reading a Book a Modern Learning Method?2023-03-01T06:47:15-05:00
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