Keeping it on the DL - Sysdoc Digital Learning Vlog with Special Guest #VLOG2
Our vlog officially has a name, 'Keeping it on the DL', well on digital learning that is! Sarah Vaughan and Spencer Holmes are back again for our second vlog this year with Matt Nightingale. The wonderful thing we are discovering about these vlogs is that they meander off into different topics and we soon realised the impact it all has on each other. Steering away from the typical Q&A set up, we want to have open discussions with our guest speakers so we can create a meaningful and thought provoking discussion.
There is without a shadow of doubt more demand and opportunity for creativity to thrive, and this is where Matt Nightingale comes in. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing snippets of this vlog and proposing questions to our network! There are so many incredible nuggets of information, we want to make sure you get the chance to listen to as much of it as possible, especially as we explore the role of the Arts and Creativity when enlivening both adult and child-based learning.
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How we live now
Regardless of the latest restrictions and the challenges that lie ahead, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. Albeit a light that comes in and out of focus for many. There is now a future where we can start to heal, to unite, renew and to plan for a more certain outlook. If 2020 taught us one thing, it was to expect the unexpected – to be prepared to change, adapt at a moment’s notice. A quality I am sure we did not know we needed to possess as critically as we do now. This has been equally applicable for organisations as it has for individuals – with business plans and personal goals alike upturned and forward planning a challenge. What has this, perhaps necessary, blip in the history of the world taught us? What do we want the post-COVID working world to feel like? Are there elements of how we live now, that we want to continue with?
Keeping it on the DL - Guest Speaker LPI Chairman Donald H Taylor
Shall we jump right in? Are L&D teams relevant anymore? Given the steer towards customised, personalised learning do you still need an L&D team. Well, we are walking into this vlog with a bang. It is a crucial question and the elephant in the room that we should all be asking ourselves. LPI Chairman and Guest Speaker for this month’s vlog Donald H Taylor cleverly approaches this question. So, the answer is yes and no. Unfortunately, you cannot measure learning, but most learning takes place outside what L&D does. We live in a world where people can increasingly access information themselves and there are so many options on the market that it is no longer sufficient to just rely on L&D functions. L&D needs to adjust to this new world and as we have experienced previously, they are not the sole gatekeepers to knowledge anymore. However, they can make themselves an essential cog in the machine. The scope of what L&D should be doing has increased and it needs to adapt so it can help individuals reach their potential. Let’s face facts, Covid-19 has given people the time and determination to take up learning on their own. Upskilling was already a huge priority pressing on people’s minds prior to 2020 and as we move to a remote world, online learning is not only essential but the default option.