And so we continue - here's the next question (and answers) from our Generate crowdsourcing wall at Learning Technologies 2015. Once again, some really good ideas up there, but as with many crowdsourcing initiatives, some ideas are more fully formed than others, and there was a definite tech/people split as you will see beneath. Plus a real kicker at the end from Andrew Jacobs, talent management and organisational learning manager from London borough of Lewisham. We take your point Andrew, it's a good one.
How can I best embed learning in the workplace?
Talk to people. What do they want (or think they want)?
Listen to your learners and what they need
Listen to your staff
Identify L&D influencers
Show the CEO the benefits
‘Kick start’, rather than owning the full learning journey
Get ‘buy in’ from line managers to understand the potential impact (on them, their people, their customers and our business)
Conduct peer reviews after training
Make it relevant and ensure everyone benefits from it
Sell the benefit to the learner and reward learning culture
Sell the benefits
Use case studies of benefits
Show business benefits (smarter, connected workforce)
Create online tools and case studies - live issues can be used out of class
Build a MOOC
Exploit natural communities
Take down firewalls
Use existing social networks
Don’t be afraid of social
Develop learning to be device-agnostic
Make your LMS the ‘go-to’ rather than the ‘have to’
Prove learning = profit
Create performance support and base training on how/when to use it
Recruit managers who are passionate about learning
We’re always learning, we just need to encourage knowledge sharing
Use an open rather than closed curriculum
Encourage and reward collaboration
Match channel of delivery to audience preference
A three-stage model: engage, participate, activate
Make learning integrated to the work and workplace
This is the wrong question: we should be asking how to embed performance improvement in the workplace. To focus on learning makes the learning the output not the performance outcome.