Knowledge was once power - difficult to find, slow to transmit and coveted. Now we can access almost the sum total of human information with a swipe of our thumbs. The impact on the knowledge economy has been vast, leaving learning and development (L&D) professionals wondering how to keep pace. Many organizations naturally turn to technology to ensure workplace learning at scale and at speed, but stumble when it comes to successfully deploying and using it. Learning Technologies in the Workplace examines 16 years of learning technology implementations to find the secrets behind the most successful.
Examples in the book from the Hershey Company and BP, airlines, tech companies and manufacturers point to four common factors. Successful learning technology teams all have APPA: a clear aim, a people focus, a wide perspective and a pragmatic, can-do attitude. Learning Technologies in the Workplace gives readers practical pointers for each of these four points, helping them implement and use learning technologies well, with particular emphasis on the essential skill of identifying stakeholders and winning their support.
Donald Taylor began his career in technology and training in the early 1980s. His experience ranges from training design and delivery to managing director and vice-president positions. Based in London, he travels internationally to consult and speak about workplace learning and associated technologies. He is Chairman of both the Learning Technologies Conference and the Learning and Performance Institute and is editor of Inside Learning Technologies magazine. The 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training, he is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.
ONE: The Learning Technology Landscape; 01: A Learning Utopia?; 02: How Did We Get Here?; 03: How We Learn at Work; 04: What Are Learning Technologies and Why Bother With Them?; 05: Platforms, Content and Communication; 06: Types of Content; TWO: Implementing Learning Technologies; 07: Change, Models and Process; 08: APPA: Four Characteristics of Success; 09: Aim; 10: People Focus; 11: Perspective; 12: Attitude; THREE: What's Next?; 13: Future Learning Technologies; 14: The Future Roles of L