L&D Is Stuck… And Here’s What We Need To Do About It


It’s a well trodden path…. A new L&D function is born – or a new custodian arrives into an existing function – and a review is undertaken of ‘what learning is required’. Induction is developed. Courses are created. Programmes are designed. And a suite of e-learning is bought in.

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Next Generation L&D: From ‘Learning’ To ‘Performance’


A trend I’m seeing more and more, and which is reflected in the latest Bersin By Deloitte ‘Market Trends’ Keynote , is L&D’s shift in focus from ‘learning outcomes’ to the complex and individually experienced reality of the work itself.

“We Want Training!”: When Client Expectations Stop L&D From Modernising


One of the most common phrases I hear from L&D professionals is: “We want to modernise and use more digital but our clients expect, and just ask for, training.” So, how do you change their minds to be able do something else – something more effective – instead? The short answer is: You may not […]. The post “We Want Training!”: When Client Expectations Stop L&D From Modernising appeared first on Looop.

The Future of Learning Technology


You will have undoubtably read many ‘future of learning’ articles that predict the means and mechanisms for learning, extrapolating peripheral technologies that are entering the vernacular of L&D, but this article is different. This isn’t a crass oversimplification of technologies but a means of extending L&D’s expectation of technology and how it could serve us […]. The post The Future of Learning Technology appeared first on Looop.

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

How Digital Learning Is Working In Retail


I don’t need to tell you that the retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years.

LMS vs ‘Best of Breed’? Learning Tech (with Adam Harwood)


By Adam Harwood & David James Introduction by David James At the CIPD L&D Show this year, Adam and I were fortunate to be panel members on a session with the catchy title ‘Identifying The Most Appropriate Learning Technologies To Support Business Performance’. Our panel was completed by Barbara Thompson (PA Consulting) and David Hayden from […]. The post LMS vs ‘Best of Breed’? Learning Tech (with Adam Harwood) appeared first on Looop.

What motivates people to learn online at work?


I asked this question to a group of 20 or so L&D folks last week. The responses I got back included: Accessibility. Speed. It’s ‘free’. It’s just-in-time. They don’t have to leave their desks. Did you notice anything missing from that list?

Designing For How People Really Learn, At The Point-Of-Work


“We exist in a culture in which fact-based knowledge dominates traditional instruction. People who are good at “knowledge games” like Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy are considered smart. But life requires us to do , more than it requires us to know , in order to function.

The #1 Mistake We’re All Making In L&D


‘Learning Needs’ are too often identified from afar. Whether it’s from our organisation’s leaders; department heads; line managers; or from others in HR. We’ve all been there: “Hi L&D, our managers need to be better coaches, could you deliver us a course, please?” On the surface, this request seems pretty reasonable – and fairly common, […]. The post The #1 Mistake We’re All Making In L&D appeared first on Looop.

How to Use Customer Training Data to Make Better Business Decisions

You may think customer training is crucial to the success of your organization, but do you have the data to prove it? Download the guide now, and learn how to prove the value of your customer training programs.

10 Years Of The iPhone And L&D Has Some Learning To Do


It’s unlikely to have escaped your attention over the last week that it’s 10 years since the iPhone was first unveiled. This is significant whether it’s your smartphone of choice or not, as it has provided the blueprint for subsequent handsets, tablets and phablets ever since.

The ‘Less-Time-For-Better-Results’ Induction


Anybody who’s delivered Induction programmes before will know that, far too often, they’re packed full of content that new starters couldn’t possibly remember.

Digital L&D pt 1: Beyond e-Learning


I’ve been in Learning & Development since the popularisation of e-learning in the late-1990s. Back then, I was at LloydsTSB and e-learning was still called CBT (Computer-based Training).

Are Managers Really Critical To The Transfer Of Learning?


Over the years, L&D professionals have almost universally advocated that managers are critical to the transfer of learning – and it’s almost blasphemous to suggest otherwise. But why?

Agile Microlearning Explained

Learner engagement and retention doesn’t have to be a mystery. Cognitive science theories already supply the answers. Learn how OttoLearn packages them into a single platform you can use to deliver microlearning based reinforcement training, and go beyond completions to focus on outcomes.

Eliminate the Forgetting Curve with Digital


The modern age continues to present us with challenges and opportunities when it comes to being at our most productive. The speed at which technology is advancing means that many companies and brands are faced with very real productivity challenges.

How Translating ‘Business Needs’ Into ‘Learning Needs’ Is Causing Misalignment


L&D people speak about business alignment as a key strategic priority but how are we not aligned already? We work inside the organisation and work closely with its people – so what’s going wrong? Misalignment occurs as soon as we translate ‘business needs’ into ‘learning needs’, which is usually right at the very outset of […]. The post How Translating ‘Business Needs’ Into ‘Learning Needs’ Is Causing Misalignment appeared first on Looop.

Leading Away From Face-To-Face Training Towards Self-Directed Learning


If, like many of your L&D peers, employees in your organisation tell you they prefer classroom training, it’s important to understand their preference in relation to the perceived alternatives.

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When You’re Too Busy Delivering Training To Do Digital L&D


In my recent experience, it seems many L&D professionals are too busy delivering training to dedicate time to their own digital development. As a result, the L&D provision in many organisations is still predominantly classroom-based, and any individual employee’s experience of L&D is limited to occasional events and technology ‘solutions’ outsourced to vendors or simply bought in ‘off-the-shelf’.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

Can You Teach Soft Skills With eLearning?


I’d like to credit Branimir Trosic for posing this question to me on LinkedIn in response to another post about L&D being too busy delivering training to do digital. The question this post is written to answer presumes quite a lot. For me, it certainly presumes: Soft skills are best developed in classrooms eLearning is […]. The post Can You Teach Soft Skills With eLearning? appeared first on Looop. Insights into Learning digital learning e learning elearning soft skills training

What Is E-Learning Today?


In the L&D world, e-learning today can sometimes be seen as the poor cousin to instructor-led training. It’s mostly because when we think about e-learning we think about the boring compliance courses we’re expected to complete to protect against organisational risk.

3 Steps To Better, Faster, Easier, Cheaper And Less Risky L&D


As we approach the summer holidays, I want to plant a seed with you that will give you hope, optimism and greater belief in the impact of our function. We read and hear, everyday, that L&D is changing and that we need to catch up or re-skill but there’s more to it than that… The […]. The post 3 Steps To Better, Faster, Easier, Cheaper And Less Risky L&D appeared first on Looop.

How Blended Learning Today Is Different In A Hyperconnected World


With access to the world’s information, industry experts, and instant connection to professionals inside our organisations and around the world, learning can happen continuously, on-demand and in the moments that are most important to us. For these reasons, it’s important to reframe what blended learning today means. No longer does it mean supplementing formal learning events with additional materials, before and after a programme.

Best Practices for Launching an External LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook.

The Secret To Learning At The Point-of-Need


*The secret*: ‘Learning’ is rarely (if ever) required at the point-of-need. Instead, answers, support, insights or guidance are more likely to be needed.

The Important Distinction Between ‘Digital’ and ‘Technology-Enabled’ Learning


We’ve used electronic technologies in L&D since the days of the overhead projector (see picture above), when we took pride in creating beautiful and alluring acetates to compliment our classroom training. Since then, PowerPoint and projectors, videos, e-learning, Learning Management Systems and all sorts of other new and novel products have proliferated our profession. But, […].

Ask One Question To Address Your Organisation’s Online Learning Problem


Amongst the exhibition halls lie silver bullets aplenty. The grand claims made by LMS and e-learning providers turn heads, spark interest, and solve all our problems. If only, our people would engage in online learning. We’ve stuck everything to the same old tosh. Points, leaderboards, drag and drop ‘interactivity’, reveal boxes… and now we’ve got […]. The post Ask One Question To Address Your Organisation’s Online Learning Problem appeared first on Looop.

Why Does L&D Exist In Your Organisation?


Following on from the fascinating conversation sparked by Sukh Pabial, continued by Myles Runham and most recently by Anthony Williams, I want to make a couple of further points. Last week, Sukh and I enjoyed a rich conversation about the current purpose of L&D, but a key point that has been slightly lost is that […]. The post Why Does L&D Exist In Your Organisation? appeared first on Looop.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Why We’re STILL All Trying To Fix Company Induction


It seems to me that everybody is trying to fix Company Induction. I hear this from contacts, clients and it’s often a topic of conversation on LinkedIn: “Has anybody got any ideas on modernising induction?”. I remember this perpetual cycle of fixing induction myself from my in-house days. In fact, it was what I was hired to do in my first L&D job back in the late 1990s. And here we are 20 years later….

How Sky Develop Their People At The Point-Of-Need And At The Speed Of Business


It’s incredible how many organisations struggle to make online learning work. I see and hear this first-hand. Most recently, as a panel member at this year’s CIPD L&D Show, exploring learning technologies. This is not the case at Sky. They have nailed it – and then taken it to the next level – to truly […]. The post How Sky Develop Their People At The Point-Of-Need And At The Speed Of Business appeared first on Looop.

How Sky Develop Their People At The Point-Of-Need – And At The Speed Of Business


It’s incredible how many organisations struggle to make online learning work. I see and hear this first-hand. Most recently, as a panel member at this year’s CIPD L&D Show, exploring learning technologies. This is not the case at Sky. They have nailed it – and then taken it to the next level – to truly […]. The post How Sky Develop Their People At The Point-Of-Need – And At The Speed Of Business appeared first on Looop.

Looop Receives Two Awards For Corporate LMS Software Category


“Looop is a robust and user-friendly learning management system (LMS) created to help you design the perfect online learning environment for your workplace.”. Looop recently received two fantastic awards from the popular B2B software review platform FinancesOnline.

A Guide to Marketing Customer Training

Most customers are not required to take training. As such, it’s crucial to create a marketing campaign that engages your training audience and demonstrates the value of your courses.

Digital L&D pt 3: How To Run A Resources-First Initiative


‘Resources-first’ describes the approach of tackling employee performance and capability issues with digital resources, addressing specific work challenges for distinct employee groups, accompanied by supplementary activities (which may include a face-to-face or educational element… or may not).

How Do We Get Employees To Adopt Technology For Learning?


Classroom training can seem like a real treat. Especially when we consider that more than 3 quarters of people haven’t attended a course in the last two years. But if they’re not attending courses (even if they like them), then how are they developing themselves? If they are like you and I they are likely to be self-directing their own learning. Web-searching when situations arise or asking a colleague. In that respect, ‘learning’ is wedded to the work itself – on a ‘grab-and-go’ basis.

How To Choose The Best LMS For Your Organisation


If you want to know how to choose the best LMS for your organisation, here’s your answer… There isn’t one. I’m not being facetious either. I’m willing to bet that, with all information in front of them, no-one in your organisation really wants an LMS. Even L&D, generally, want an LMS – or at least they think they do – in the absence of knowing what they really want, or need. So let’s start there….

What Is L&D For In This Day And Age?


This question was posed to me by Sukh Pabial (@SukhPabial) recently, following a blog he wrote, Adapting, Change and L&D , and a subsequent Twitter exchange. Sukh finished this blog by expressing: “L&D is fundamentally broken and we’re unfit to lead our organisations as they need us to.”.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.