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Coaching and mentoring – 5 reasons for the gap, and a solution

Coaching and mentoring – 5 reasons for the gap, and a solution

As workplace learning has advanced, have we lost something? We’ve seen huge changes in workplace learning in the past couple of decades. Many of these have been positive, such as new technologies to make training content widely available and more personalised, make learning more engaging, and facilitate social learning. On a structural level, the recognition of the effectiveness of the 70:20:10 learning model has changed how many practitioners view how learning should be structured and delivered. What once needed to be delivered by a human trainer, or via coaching or mentoring, can often now be automated. And yet there’s an increasing recognition that it’s not all good news. In all the progress, with all the resulting time and cost savings, we’ve lost something that was once a core part of our day-to-day development – the continual and gradual handing down of on-the-job experience from more experienced colleagues, largely informal, through regular help with (challenging) workplace...

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Is Experiential Learning the next L&D innovation?

Is Experiential Learning the next L&D innovation?

Worplace learning and development - time for a new appraoch? When was the last time you thought about a theory of learning? To be fair, Learning Psychology is not the first thing most of us consider when we are building skills in the workplace. We are looking for L&D outcomes, ROI, ease of implementation and other practical benefits. But a theory of learning, lies beneath every L&D intervention or system. In fact, it is usually the same theory (didactic), which many L&D experts think has held the sector back. Many experts think the time has come to look again at Experiential Learning as a way of improving learning outcomes and productivity. This article explores: Why many L&D experts think Experiential Learning should form an essential part of a workplace learning programme Why a single theory of learning has dominated the status quo, and the pros and cons Our research collaboration with Professor Chris Davies and Professor William Scott-Jackson from Oxford University...

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