What is a water cooler chat? In our online context, it’s an informal conversation —“not” a presentation — among distance learning colleagues who are visiting with one another around a virtual water cooler.
USDLA 2018 Conference Mega Themes: Workforce Development
“In a learning organization, employees continually create, acquire, and transfer knowledge – helping their company adapt to the unpredictable faster than rivals can.” – -David Garvin, author of Learning in Action
“Becoming a learning organization will give your organization an advantage by making your employees better at everything they do.” – -Russell Sarder, author of Building an Innovative Learning Organization
When: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
How to connect: Connection information will be emailed to all registered participants one day before the session.
Blockbuster vs. Netflix; Circuit City vs. Best Buy; Microsoft vs. Netscape; Amazon and Google vs., well, just about everyone. When we think of the rise of some organizations and the fall of their competitors, what comes to mind? Senior managers clinging to old ways of doing business that no longer apply? That’s part of it. But there is another way of looking at it. In each case we see once-great companies simply stop learning. Before long, they get out-maneuvered and outwitted by companies that have learning and innovation firmly embedded in their culture.
Everyday we witness economic and workforce changes that favor learning organizations. We are also seeing changes in how learning is accomplished. It’s no longer just a question of training (short-term, practical, and focused on helping people do something, or do something better) vs. education (less focused on immediate needs, though more focused on providing a long-term knowledge base essential for developing new abilities). It is also the matter of rebalancing what is learned in the conventional classrooms vs. what is learned, well, everywhere else. But though there are more options than ever for learning new things, the task of actually getting people to learn doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.
Consider Figure 1 and Figure 2. Does your organization actively support both formal and informal learning? How?
Figure 1: Formal Learning
Figure 2: Informal Learning
Consider the areas of technology (below) as they relate to learning. How do they impact your organization? Alternatively, how will they affect your clients/customers/staff/students?
- Mobile Devices
- Social Media
- Internet of Things
- Big Data
- Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage
Consider the way in which learning activity is managed in your organization. How important are interorganizational partnerships? Are there new partnerships you should be developing?
What role does Competency-Based Training (CBT) play in your organization?
If these ideas resonate with you, you need to attend the 2018 USDLA Conference in Indianapolis this year! Following is a quick preview of some the areas we will be exploring together.
There are several presentations scheduled for the 2018 USDLA Conference that deal broadly with developing the knowledge and skills of the workforce. The conference sessions will cover the topic from three perspectives: