Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

As you may recall, Jane Hart posted an article positing a growing divide in the world of training and development. Since then, Will Thalheimer posted a blistering response, and Clark Quinn tried to find a middle ground. Thalheimer challenges 'Modern Workplace Learning': " Haven't you heard more than one or two horror stories -- or failed efforts? Wiki's that weren't populated. Blogs that fizzled. SharePoint sites that were isolated from users who could use the information. Forums where less than 1% of folks are involved." Quinn offers, " I think Jane was trying to point in new directions, and I think the evidence is clear that L&D needs to change. I think healthy debate helps, we need to have opinions, even strong ones, hopefully without rancor or aspersions." Maybe. But in point of fact, Hart was right, and we see the backlash because a lot of consultants and policy people have made their name formalizing learning, and what she said strikes at the heart of that.

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