“Is L&D out of touch with reality?”

Jane Hart, Learning in the Modern Workplace, Feb 22, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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There are some problems with this article but it does raise the interesting question of where the learning and development (L&D) industry gets its priorities. My own experience suggests that the industry is driven by customer demand; it follows what customers are willing to pay for. And most of the money is in more traditional L&D. And you have to be able to show that alternative approaches work equally well, which I think hasn't yet been the case. Now the problems: first, the survey is self-selected from Hart's own readers, which builds in a huge bias. Second, the last link is just a plug for one of her workshops which to me looks very much like the traditional L&D she is criticizing ($100 a pop - I've always wondered whether I could make a living offering workshops online like that).

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