- Text size
The LT Exchange is a series of round table discussions with some of the world's most influential learning sector thought-leaders. Hosted by Towards Maturity (in collaboration with Learning Technologies) this year's LT Exchanges was co-hosted with Training Journal and tackled the practical issues facing today's L&D leaders: supporting change, leveraging networks, mobile learning, micro learning and how to get ahead with technology in 2017.
Below we give you a snapshot of each LT Exchange and the key take-aways. Follow the links to find out more and feel free to share your comments on LinkedIn.
Creating organisational change that works and feels good
with John Stepper
You can change technology and environment, but how do you help people to experience new ways of working which lead to new behaviours, habits and mindsets?
Working out loud provides a framework to cultivate communities of practice and creates space to work through our own goals and challenges through peer support and reflection. So, how do we use these principles in an organisational wide context? We begin with three main questions:
- What am I trying to accomplish?
- Who is related to my goal?
- How can I contribute to people to deepen our relationship?
How to start and grow internal networks
with Mark Britz and James Tyer
Networking has always been a source of real value to organisations. Networks are so much more adaptable to change than rigid structures, and technology can amplify and enable existing networks. However, if you don't give people the reason to connect and collaborate, there can be resistance to ‘yet another' technology - ‘it's just one more thing to do'.
The following practical answers to the question of how to start and grow internal networks were identified by discussions in the group:
- Start out small to prove the concept
- BE the change. Work out loud.
- Build partnerships
- Use physical space as well as online space or networks
- Build a listening network
- Build the emotional connection
How to create effective learning transfer
with Emma Weber
Learning transfer is key to ensure that there is behavioural change in the workplace so that people can do whatever is needed when they get back to the work.The focus in the round table discussion was on how to get more ownership from the learner for their behaviour, which in turn should result in greater impact from that individual on business outcomes. One particular question voiced by many L&D professionals as a worry was: to what extent are L&D still needed in this approach?
What can organisations do to earn the trust of social learners?
with Julian Stodd
The Social Age is changing the way we live and work and as organisations and businesses we must adapt or die. Social Learning is about helping each other, building learning networks, solving problems together and sharing stories.
The Exchange explored three areas of Julian's research:
- Organisations need to earn trust in its values
- Trust is earned slowly but fractures fast
- Trust and creating a culture of innovation and creativity
How to turn mico and mobile learning into killer applications
with Will Thalheimer
Apps provide an ideal vehicle for threaded micro-learning and spaced learning, but it is the integration of humanity that keeps us coming back for more and turns something that just ‘works' into something ‘world-class'.
The following practical ideas came from the discussion on how to turn micro and mobile learning into killer applications for 2017:
- Think ‘use' rather than ‘author'
- Understand the spacing effect
- Use micro-learning to support integration
- Widen your horizons
- Failing leads to learning
- Integrate humanity with the learning
How can L&D use technology to become more strategic?
with Laura Overton and Andrew Hurren
Many visitors at this year's Learning Technologies expressed doubts about the relationship between what they do as L&D professionals and the technology being showcased. While all accept that technology is here to stay, the plethora of solutions on show do a pretty poor job of showing what they do to improve workforce capability and add to organisations' bottom line results. Some clear actions emerged from the hour-long discussion.
- Talk to the right people
- Use data and research
- View technology as part of your kitbag
What skills are needed by L&D professionals in 2017?
with Clive Shepherd
How can you remain relevant and, more importantly, competent, when faced with an avalanche of constant change? While shifts happen slowly and incrementally within the world of L&D outside change is moving fast and this contrast creates anxiety for L&D professionals looking at the future of their role within the organisation.
- A good L&D professional creates events for learners to solve problems, a skilful one embeds a process through which learners are taken on a journey, whether that is experiential, formal, or social.
- If anything would be orbiting a skilful L&D professional it would be people skills and it includes interacting with stakeholders, learners, and the media.
- You cannot be a technophobic L&D professional; you'll be a living paradox.
How can you stay current in your field when work, jobs, and even professions are constantly changing?
with Harold Jarche
We all know the only constant is change. We are seeing that in our politics, our businesses, our climate, technology, relationships, industry sectors and so much more. In a world where everything is evolving and jobs that weren't even invented ten years ago are recruiting, how can you possibly be ready for the rest of your career?
Jarche's framework suggests that people need to ‘seek' information, make ‘sense' of it and then be able to ‘share' it. Jarche suggests we need to focus on how to be a better person in a networked world; how to improve as a human beings and a professionals in our field.