This is a short blog post based on the notes I made during this session at the World of Learning Conference in October 2018. It may not be complete or totally accurate – it’s just what I took away.
The opening keynote speaker, Rafal Szaniawski) defined learning as an on-going, active process of enquiry, engagement and participation that living organisms go through to change. He asked us to remember the key lessons we’d learned in our lives. Although this wasn’t explored in detail, it was clear to me that all of my important lessons were EVENTS or CONVERSATIONS. No significant learning has ever been achieved without the involvement of others (though of course, reflection is necessary in some form or another).
In a world where we are constantly being persuaded that the future of learning is digital, I have my doubts. Indeed, Raf said that learning needs are complex and multi-dimensional… so our approach to learning needs to be too.
Raf then explored two ‘forces’ of future learning; curation and enforcement. He suggested that the L&D departments of the future will be more like DJs – creating a prefect mix tape for a specific person, but they will all have the responsibility to make sure that people LISTEN to the tape (even if they don’t listen to every single track)! After all, people cannot learn if they don’t show up for the learning!
I liked that it was suggested that the future of L&D is not about the tools: It’s about blending the right mix of learning for the right people at the right time, and giving them a reason to complete it.