Beyond Best Practices

CLO Magazine

Pardon my French, but best practices are a bunch of B.S. That probably sounds strange coming from the editor of a magazine dedicated to finding, analyzing and sharing successful examples of corporate learning. Month after month in this magazine and day in, day out on our website we share thought-provoking stories and practices from leading learning executives. Their work exemplifies best practice. There are just practices.

Here Come the MOOCs

CLO Magazine

But how will MOOCs influence corporate learning? Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are a hot topic in education and learning. Since bursting onto the scene a few years ago, the medium allowing anyone to take high-quality online courses for free has called into question the viability of traditional higher education. One reason MOOCs and corporate learning haven’t entirely found common ground has to do with divergent target audiences.

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What About the Future?

Jay Cross

Most CLOs I talk with are so busy taking care of today’s business that they spend little time preparing for the future. Short-term thinking is good for responding to incremental change, but deciding things one step at a time doesn’t prepare you to thrive in a world of systemic, wholesale change. Royal Dutch Shell, the fifth largest company in the world and a long-term player (Shell’s more than a hundred years old), has been learning from scenarios for forty years.

Highlights From Day Two of the Spring 2011 Chief Learning Officer Magazine Symposium

CLO Magazine

Day two of the Spring 2011 Chief Learning Officer magazine Symposium continued with more innovative learning strategies in Amelia Island, Fla. Bill Whitmore, CEO of AlliedBarton Security Services began the morning with a keynote on how to drive business performance through leadership branding. Whitmore asked the audience if their company can distinguish value and explained why a company’s leadership brand matters in the context of creating business results.

The future is people, not technology

Jay Cross

CLO magazine, June 2009. My last column in CLO called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Enlightened e-learning requires more people, not fewer. That first round of e-learning largely failed for precisely this reason.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Lots of discussion and debate around interesting questions for eLearning professionals. We would welcome lots of discussion. Learning apps. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality.