It's time for another edition of the Learning and Development Roundup! (See also previous editions at the archive page.)
Plenty of Industry Data
Around this time of year, several updated industry reports typically surface to give learning professionals a fresh high-level look at the Learning and Development industry.
- The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) has released its 2010 “ASTD State of the Industry Report” for its members. Laleh Patel wrote an article ("Continued Dedication to Workplace Learning") in the November issue of T+D magazine that summarizes some of the key results of the report.
- Training magazine released its 29th annual “Training Industry Report,” and a summary was published in the November/December issue.
- The latest IDC survey of Chief Learning Officer magazine's Business Intelligence Board (BIB) focused on where companies are investing their training dollars in learning technology and learning services areas and whether spending on training will increase or decrease from 2010 to 2011. Cushing Anderson reported on the results in "Where CLOs Are Spending" in the magazine’s November issue.
Training's Top 125 Announced
Similarly, another Learning and Development annual tradition is Training magazine's announcement of the “Training Top 125 winners." Now in its 11th year, at this time they have announced only the 125 finalists, as the actual rankings will be revealed at the Training 2011 Conference & Expo, February 7-9 in San Diego, California.
Questions No Longer Being Asked
The November ASTD Learning Circuits "Big Question" was "What questions are you no longer asking? What are your new questions?" This inherently provocative subject was actually triggered by an earlier posting by George Siemens at his blog, elearnspace, where he provided six questions in the realm of learning and development that no longer interest him. The post by Siemens generated many comments, and the similar Big Question posted at Learning Circuits produced blog responses from a half-dozen industry bloggers. Clive Shepherd in particular provided an interesting take, noting both questions he is no longer asking and related questions that he is still asking.
The Latest on Mobile Learning
This year has seen increasing interest in mobile learning -- leveraging the many mobile devices in our lives for learning and development purposes. Here are some of the best writings on this subject from recent weeks.
- Designing mLearning -- A new website to accompany Clark Quinn's forthcoming book of the same name. See also this recent blog post from Quinn, an extended abstract of a talk on mobile learning he delivered at the ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN conference.
- The ADL Mobile Learning newsletter -- Do you keep up with this weekly collection of resource links? The newsletter describes itself as: "Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) weekly report on news and findings of interest related to mobile learning in the military."
- "Are Apps the Future of e-Learning?" -- A blog post from Clive Shepherd, where he considers mobile apps for learning and development from several perspectives: viewing content, creating content, collaborating with peers, collaborating live, and performance support.
The Latest on Social Learning
There continues to be a great flow of good articles, blog postings, and resources on this popular and important subject, so I will again list a few of the best from recent weeks here.
- "Getting Started in e-Learning: Learning 2.0" -- The latest eLearning Guild report in their “Getting Started in e-Learning” series by Patti Shank.
- "Where Social Learning Thrives" -- A blog posting from Marcia Conner, where she describes the kind of culture needed in an organization before social learning will truly flourish.
- "8 Reasons Why You Should Focus on Informal and Social Learning" -- A presentation from Charles Jennings, where he details powerful reasons for learning leaders to focus on enabling greater informal and social learning in their organizations.
- "Get Serious About Social Learning by Focusing on What Matters" -- An article by Eric Davidove at Learning Solutions Magazine, where he stresses the importance of looking beyond the technologies involved in social learning, and emphasizes the critical importance of solid "strategy formulation, community design, rewards and incentives, content quality, and benefits tracking."
- "What Constitutes a Social Learning Culture?" -- A blog post by Sumeet Moghe, where he considers why social learning generally works so well at his company (ThoughtWorks). He even abstracts from these insights specific questions for you to ponder when considering your own organization's culture.
- "Twas the Night Before Social Media" -- Given the holiday season, it seems appropriate to end this Roundup with David Kelly's insightful, humorous, and all-around brilliant twist on a classic.
Updates from Element K
As usual, I'll end this roundup posting with links to our newsletter service that we launched last year. Each newsletter includes several articles of relevance to the Learning and Development field, as well as updates about Element K events and our latest product releases. You can see the latest newsletters here: September, October, November, and December.