Learning the Point of the LMS, Learning to Survive at AT&T, Curating Not Courses: Your Friday Briefing


Hello Friday, and hello Pink Posse. How was your Learning At Work week, those in the UK? Did you continuously learn? It’s not too late for some last minute cramming. Also great news: There’s no test on Monday after all. So just read the latest curated trends in all things learning for pleasure. Just like we do…


LMSWhat’s The Point of The LMS?

Last time out we kicked off with a piece from D2L and Josh Bersin on the state of the Learning Management System. The LMS isn’t dead, they said, but it needs to evolve. Not quite the end of the debate, though: Now it’s all kicked off. This week Jane Hart weighs in with a further question: What’s the Point of an LMS? You might already see which side of the fence she’s on. Jane’s point(s) are more subtle than the headline suggests. She asks whether the LMS really needs to be the central hub for all workplace learning, or if it should be more doing the needful tracking and admin in the background while we consume content from multiple channels at work. As she puts it :Continuous learning is much more than using enterprise-stored courses; it is about learning from everyday work experiences as well as the stuff found on the Web. So buying an off-the-shelf library of courses and managing access to it is not the total solution to supporting continuous learning in the workplace”. Expect we’ve not heard the last of this…


attIf We Don’t Keep Learning We’re Doomed: How AT&T is Learning To Save Itself

They were founded by Alexander Graham Bell. They had the patent for the telephone. Talk about a 20th century unicorn. But look what happened to AT&T: They got Skyped. And Googled. And FaceTimed. You get the idea: They fell behind. What’s their plan to get back on track? Continuous learning. We’ve written about them before, but great to get an update from Jennifer Robertson at AT&T on AT&T’s shift to a continuous learning culture. They spend $220m a year so people can continuously develop and stay up to date. Sounds like a lot?  The price of falling behind is much greater. We like what their CEO said about it: If we don’t keep up with the firehose of new information, trust me, in 3 years we’ll be managing decline. Wise words backed with action.


colin schillerFrom Corporate Training to Continuous Learning: Staying Everwise

Doggedly gnawing further on this bone: Colin Schiller is a great thinker on the culture shift from courses to continuous learning. His company Everwise is doing smart things around this, gathering groups of mentors to help individuals and teams stay up to speed. In MIT review this week he shares his thoughts on why corporate learning needs to move from episodic to continuous. Key for him is moving beyond courses, tapping into leaders and mentors who can help you keep up to date. We like it. 


letterboxesNice Guide to Content Curation

If you want to follow these thinkers and doers down the continuous learning path, you’re going to need some curation chops in your kitbag (quota for mixed metaphors in one sentence exceeded). Useful guide to content curation from Victoria Greene to help you get started here. Great tips for getting started, and examples of some of the best curated weekly roundups out there. Dave Pell made the list. We did not. Look, you have to just see these setbacks as tiny motivational speeches.


concerige smallHow to Be A Content Curation Concierge

“Let me get that content for you. Let me wrap it up in a bow. Let me deliver it to your room. Too much? Well at let me gently place it in your inbox”. If the internet was a concierge, that’s how it’d talk. Instead it’s more “Hey, I got 12 million things you didn’t ask for. Ok If I dump them in no particular order here”? But you – you’re better than that. You offer a much more personal service. Or at least we think you should, if you’re in learning. Here’s 10 steps to becoming a content curation concierge. With apologies, as ever, to Ralph Fiennes.

Curation and continuous learning is a lot easier when you have someone finding the good stuff for you. That’s what our free tool is for. You be the curation concierge. Let us be your lobby boy. Let’s just leave that right there shall we?