7 Emerging Learning and Development Skills in 2020 and Beyond

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Learning and development skills are just like any others across the organization: rapidly changing and evolving all the time. In LinkedIn’s 2020 Workplace Learning Report, 51% of L&D pros said they planned to launch upskilling programs in 2020 while 43% said they planned to launch reskilling programs. This is in line with several other studies […]

How to Optimize Capacity Planning for Stronger Learning Outcomes

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We’ve written previously about capacity planning as it relates to L&D. From strategic planning to cost reduction to skills management, benefits abound. However, capacity planning is certainly not without its challenges. Many L&D teams have become overwhelmed recently with sudden business disruptions and shifting business priorities. Below are a few suggestions to help learning leaders […]

Why It’s Now All About Learning Experience

Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends report boldly advises HR to adopt design thinking, placing the employee experience at the center. With an intended goal of simplifying the complex, design thinking is a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods. Design thinking is empathetic and iterative — two key traits […]

Are you ready for the shift to curation?

One basic assumption in Learning and Development organizations for the last 15 years has been that you need specialized instructional designers using specialized authoring tools to build specialized learning content. What if that assumption is not true? What if the majority of the time you don’t really need specialized content, just an easy way to […]

Synapse to Present at ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit

Austin, TX – May 1, 2017 – Synapse, the creators of the Learning Experience Design System (LXDS), announced that they will be speaking at the ASU + GSV Education Technology Summit on May 8-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Launched in late 2015 by a trio of cofounders (Ryan Austin, Josh Crohn and Sebastian Leks), Synapse […]

Crushing the ‘Forgetting Curve’

Learner retention is perhaps the most important metric to measure the success of L&D initiatives. However, as we’ve covered in this blog before, the vast majority — often as high as 90 percent — of new skills are lost within a year if not reinforced by practical follow-ups or assessments. A recent article in Chief Learning […]

A Magazine Evolves as a Profession Evolves

The Association for Talent Development (ATD)’s publication, TD magazine, recently celebrated its 70th birthday. But who knew that the publication had 6 previous names? Industrial Training News The Journal of Industrial Training Journal of the American Society of Training Directors Training Directors Journal Training and Development Journal T+D (Training and Development) TD (Talent Development) A […]

L&D Will Be Responsible for the Survival of Organizations

As organizations fight to survive, their learning and development (L&D) teams will lead the way.  This is a position taken in a recent blogpost by eLearning Industry columnist and Tata consultant Sahana Chattopadhyay. The war for talent will continue to increase, as companies struggle to identify, hire and retain individuals with high-demand skills.  Ten years […]

L&D Needs to Transform Itself First Before Transforming Others

According to Deloitte, less than 6 percent of L&D leaders believe that their teams have the necessary capabilities to provide mobile learning or to use MOOCs, simulations, audio, or video effectively. More encouragingly — though still surprisingly low — 38 percent of L&D professionals think that their organizations are ready for the learners of the […]