Reviving your LMS, Getting Beyond Google, Outstanding Curation: Your Friday Learning at Work Week Briefing

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Well hello Pink Posse! You look busy. All go, isn’t it? We’ve been heads down at AP Towers prepping for Learning at Work week, kicking off on Monday (in the UK at least – though really should be every week, everywhere). To help you get in the mood for it, here’s a round-up of articles on learning at work – in the LMS, in Google, or wherever works for you, just keep doing it…


tardisThe LMS Isn’t Dead –  It’s Just Regenerating

Since the Learning Management System came into our lives in the 1990s (yes, some say 1950s, let’s not quibble), rumours of its demise have filled learning professionals with equal squeals of terror and delight. Some things of the 90s, like wearing your clothes backwards and carrying a Sony Discman in the pocket of your baggy trousers, have sadly bowed out. But what happened to the LMS? Has it done a Doctor Who reboot, or have we seen the last regeneration?

Josh Bersin has been watching it go through every twist and turn, and in a great session with D2L recently, he answered with typical clarity: No, the LMS isn’t dead. Yes, it needs to change. Specifically: play nicely with other HR and learning tools, be more open, and become continuous learning platforms. See the slides explaining how the LMS will live on if it changes, and view the recording here. Don’t be caught dead (or in your Sketchers) missing it.


googleWhy L&D Should Get Rid Of Google

One of the nails regularly driven into the LMS coffin is the mantra “We don’t search for stuff in there. We just Google it.” And indeed we do. But Is that always the best idea? Interesting piece from Aisling Murphy at Saffron Interactive on why using Google isn’t always the best answer for learning. In short: too much content, too much dross, too little time to find the good stuff. Relax – she’s not advocating a full GROG (you can figure it out) policy. You have to keep up with the Epic fail compilations somehow. But some sensible points here on applying better filters, and the role of Learning Professionals in supporting people with relevant content to save time and stay focused at work.


outstandingCuration for Learning: How to be Outstanding

Moving almost seamlessly along: If you’re going to filter and curate learning content for people at work, you don’t want to end up being the person who Googles infinitely until you find something useful, unless you’re very generous with your time. You need more of a strategy than that. Bianca Baumann has one for you. Great article here on How Curation Needs to Start with Knowing what Outstanding Content looks like. And that’s not up to you – you need to ask people, and be that content concierge we’ve been talking about.


continuous learningWhat We Learned from Reading 1,000 Articles on Lifelong Learning

Yeah, we know. You have to take your own medicine when it comes to continuous and lifelong learning. So we read about it. Continuously. We’ve distilled the 20 key takeaways from 1,000 articles on continuous and lifelong learning. Yes, there are well over 1,000 articles on this trending topic. You could read all of them. But now you don’t have to. That’s several learn at work weeks back. Winner winner learn at worker.


Google Duplex: Let Your Bots Do the Talking

Finally, in open defiance of the Get Rid of Google mantra: If you haven’t seen this already, brace yourself for a jaw drop. Google’s Duplex is an AI assistant that has scary real conversations with humans on your behalf. Listen to it book a haircut and table at a restaurant:



Passes the Turing Test? Pretty close. Raises ethical issues? Check. Applications for Learning? Well, for starters it could join all those awful conference calls for you and just occasionally say “mmm, yes, let’s park that will we?” Nobody needs to know you’re busy learning and doing stuff instead.


Happy Learning at Work Week! If you need a quick burst of relevant content on any topic this week, or any week, let our curation tool help you. It can’t book lunch for you. Yet. Working on it.