An overview of the most read blogs on the Talentstorm blog in 2021…

  1. The changing role of the Learning & Development professional

Three main career stages are highlighted, moving from training delivery, design and co-ordination to managing a function and setting the strategy, to organisation development.  Much of a role in L&D is about things other than training design and delivery, which is often the first thing people think a career in Learning & Development is about. Additionally, the arrival of digital learning means that there is always more to learn and do for L&D professionals.

  1. What does blended learning look like in an all-digital world?

The original definition of blended learning revolved around online elements supporting the traditional face-to-face elements, with each complimenting the other. In an all-digital world should the face-to-face element simply get replaced with online delivery, or does the whole blend need revisiting?

  1. How to avoid career lockdown

With lockdowns and remote working in place for the foreseeable future for many, the longer-term impacts on our careers need some consideration. Three areas to focus on are: setting a clear direction in order to self-manage your own learning, keeping up connection and learning out loud.

  1. The value of applying focused online coaching for professional development

Key findings from a study on using an on-line coaching process focused specifically on enabling individuals to take charge of their personal/professional development and to have access to tools and resources to enhance their self-directed learning.

  1. Group coaching: the new ingredient for virtual training

In a world where we are bombarded with learning content and information, how can we make sense of the noise? Combine this with the rapid shift to 100% virtual training, there’s an urgent need to make sure the ‘human’ element isn’t missed out.

  1. How not to do hybrid meetings

Suggestions for success with hybrid meetings include having a strong chairperson to keep all involved, sending out as much information up-front as possible, keeping the tech ‘equal’ for everyone, and ‘resetting’ the meeting when necessary.

  1. How video microlearning can revolutionise your training

Using a video or two to supplement a training course is nothing new, however flipping it round so the video content is the training, and not just one video but a series of micro-learning videos – and we have a whole new approach to skills development. Workers can ‘learn as they go’ as well as experience something that is more akin to a ‘consumer grade’ experience.

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