I was a speaker at Training Journal’s 50th Anniversary Conference recently and there were some key themes coming out from that day around modernising L&D – and how far away we currently are.

I’m now working with an innovative new online learning company, Looop.co, and it took me seeing this ‘new world’ of learning to recognise how outdated many of our L&D practices are.

This new world is one of different – and more sophisticated – learner expectations coming from their empowerment and access to knowledge and learning online, outside of the corporate infrastructure. L&D now needs to pay attention. In the words of Andy Lancaster, Head of L&D at the CIPD – the workplace is changing fast and L&D must evolve.

Corporate L&D seems hamstrung by the old-world. This is in spite of the forgetting curve and low engagement with traditional e-learning. Employees are more used to pulling the information and know-how they need – at their moments of need from Google and YouTube.

At Looop, we’re working with more and more businesses that are waking up to this and seeing the opportunity to engage top performers in creating resources – helping to promote excellence – and sharing expertise whilst developing their people by capitalising on existing habits, motivations and preferences – that are so successful outside of work.

These modern learning habits of searching and finding knowledge and know-how for immediate application, aren’t a fad and aren’t cheapening the learning experience. They are helping to empower individuals to perform to a new level. It almost doesn’t matter whether it’s learnt or just known – for a great deal of the time. What is important is that L&D recognises the power of providing resources in a format that can capitalise on the appetite of employees to serve themselves at their moments of need and apply – and to influence performance there.

This article appears in the August 2015 issue of Accelerate Magazine


This post was written by David James, former-Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company EMEA and now Learning Strategist with Looop.co