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35 more WFH practices

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Remote work is a reality – in every region and every industry. What was once a limited option/benefit is now the way work gets done. However, this doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it well – yet. Most work from home (WFH) practices focus on productivity – the ability …

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Why is L&D still hesitant about microlearning?

In microlearning by JD Dillon

L&D is still debating microlearning. It’s real! It’s just hype. It works! It’s utter nonsense. People want it! They don’t even know what it is. I get polarized responses when I ask L&D pros around the world about microlearning. Some praise the impact microlearning has already had in their businesses. …

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Announcing the 2021 LearnGeek Hype Cycle

In Featured, General L&D by JD Dillon

How is workplace learning evolving? Which strategies and tactics are making an impact? Which proven practices should I consider introducing within my learning ecosystem? We reflect on these questions at the end of each year as we update the LearnGeek Hype Cycle. Inspired by the Garner version, this brief, common …

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The 5 Most-Read Articles on LearnGeek in 2020

In Featured by JD Dillon

This is my 100th published content piece for the year. That’s a lot for me. Some would say its too much … I reclaimed the time I typically spent traveling to share stories and insights through a variety of channels. I reported on the changes taking place on the frontline …

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Why doesn’t your company have a curator?

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

Every company needs a curator. This is because every company … and I mean EVERY company … struggles with enabling the rapid, consistent and meaningful flow of workplace knowledge. This foundational problem manifests in a variety of ways. Employees waste inordinate amounts of time trying to find the answers to …

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The LearnGeek Word of the Year is …

In Featured by JD Dillon

Every December, wordsmiths select a single term to define the past 365 days of human experience. It’s an attempt to summarize the most widely-discussed topics and events that impacted people around the world in new and unique ways. Oxford Languages picked “climate emergency” for 2019. Merriam-Webster went with “they.” Dictionary.com: …

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When is L&D officially using AI?

In AI by JD Dillon

Training Magazine recently published their 2020 Training Industry Report. This graph stood out … According to the survey, only 6% of organizations are using artificial intelligence to deliver training. 89% stated they are not using AI. 5% aren’t sure. Hmmmmm … Almost everyone has an LMS. One quarter of companies …

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Build, Buy, Bring: A Framework for Learning Content Curation

In Design by JD Dillon

Content is a never-ending challenge in workplace learning. Great content is hard to design. Great content is hard to develop. Great content is hard to maintain. All of this leads to a very time-consuming and expensive content problem. Unfortunately, our content struggles don’t stop new workplace challenges from constantly popping …

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A disruption-proof framework for workplace learning

In Ecosystem, Featured by JD Dillon

Does it still work? I entered 2020 with a shortlist of themes to explore. This year was going to about balance, reskilling, artificial intelligence, and frontline enablement. Then March happened. The professional conversation shifted from “that’s an interesting idea we should think about moving forward” to “we just need to …

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5 questions to ask in response to a training request

In Design by JD Dillon

“We need training on …” L&D pros hear this statement on an almost-daily basis. Stakeholders come to the door with a pre-determined solution. There’s a problem in the operation. People aren’t doing the job as expected. So they must need more training. Knock knock, L&D! Many of these “requests” come …

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JD’s Top Tools for Personal Learning (2020)

In Technology by JD Dillon

This may be a very interesting year for Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning Survey. How many new tools have you adopted as a result of pandemic-induced changes to your everyday work? I wonder if TikTok will fly up the list. I’ve worked remotely for the past 5+ years. However, …

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5 great conference memories

In Conferences, Personal by JD Dillon

This photo was taken in February at ATD TechKnowledge in San Jose, California. Except for a quick stop at the Axonify office in Waterloo, this was the last time I saw professional peers in person before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our everyday lives. Conferences have been a big part of …

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TikTok is (not) the future of learning

In Featured, Technology by JD Dillon

Facebook is the future of learning. Wait … YouTube is the future of learning. Hold on … Netflix is the future of learning. You see where I’m going … So why are people now saying that TikTok is the future of learning? Prelude If you’re not familiar with TikTok, you …