Kill or Cure: The Future of Learning and Development Conferences

The first Learning and Development conference I ever attended I was the keynote speaker. True story. The year was 2012, and I had been asked to keynote on learning through social connection in reference to my work in developing social learning pathways and the building of SocialLearn, which became the basis of discussions behind FutureLearn,Continue reading “Kill or Cure: The Future of Learning and Development Conferences”

I’ll Do It Myself

Earlier this week I was asked to host a Learning Clinic by LPI, for the 40 minute session I received almost 200 questions in advance, and then additional questions in the live chat whilst the clinic was running. During the clinic I made the pledge that any attendees that didn’t have their question answered couldContinue reading “I’ll Do It Myself”

We Are Going To Need A Bigger Boat

For many we are in uncharted waters. And it will be a choppy ride. Our learning and development roles are changing I don’t mean to the extent of the nautical metaphors I have flooded this blog post with (even I inwardly groaned at that one), but in terms of how drastically our learning and developmentContinue reading “We Are Going To Need A Bigger Boat”

I do. A Question of Engagement.

2012. The year of the Summer Olympics. The Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of England. And the year that the world of higher education and learning and development focused strongly on Massive Open Online Courses. It was dubbed ‘the year of the MOOC’. 2012 also saw the start of the obsession with completion data inContinue reading “I do. A Question of Engagement.”

Going Solo: The Canonbury Consultancy Group

The advent of COVID-19 saw many changes in the world of L&D, the rapid movement from face-to-face learning, the advent of many new home workers getting to grips with Zoom/Teams/etc. and, the creation of The Canonbury Consultancy Group. I decided in this life-changing year to step out stop and launch my own limit company. IContinue reading “Going Solo: The Canonbury Consultancy Group”

The Nice To Have And The Need To Have

L&D traditionally has been seen as the ‘nice to have’ department in an organisation, not necessarily the ‘need to have’, and it’s really taking the biscuit. I make no bones about it, I absolutely love working in L&D, the passion to help people become who they want to be is what gets me out ofContinue reading “The Nice To Have And The Need To Have”

Socialist L&D: Developing a Community as a Whole

For many years I’ve felt that L&D has been herded into three set fields; face-to-face, online, and blended. Whilst it is fine to categorise the type of learning that is being delivered, what is usually not identified, discussed, or strategically planned for is the learning culture needed to participate in L&D. Some companies talk aboutContinue reading “Socialist L&D: Developing a Community as a Whole”