I’ll help you keep up with the latest in training. 

Hi, Ger Driesen here.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve tracked how learning is changing.

The rate of change is accelerating.

This makes it hard to keep up. An L&D colleague even told me trying to keep up is like drinking from the fire hose.

Within the learning community I’m known as the L&D trend catcher. I follow trends, speak at conferences and work together with thought leaders in the industry. This allows me to keep both feet on the ground next time a new trend takes off.

To help others do the same, I curate the best reads, about twice a month. I share a short summary and include my take on it.

My leading notes might still keep you thirsty for more, but at least you won’t be drinking from the fire hose!


Ger Driesen
Learning Innovation Leader

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Ger’s Learning Notes: #23 Gefundenes Fressen

By Ger Driesen

Two weeks ago, I visited LearnTech Day in Belgium. This wonderful event is an initiative of Mathias Vermeulen. He runs the event based on his own passion for the learning and development profession and his attitude of sharing knowledge and experience. Find below some of the learnings from attending the event.

Posted on July 4, 2018.

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Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

(1) Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

What’s it about?
This post presents some specific and interesting learning approaches of famous Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Slack.

Why read it?

  • Learn how these interesting, (very) rich companies look at learning and which principles they use.
  • Find concrete examples and links to more background details to understand some of the approaches in detail (so you might apply them yourself).
  • See where learning approaches might be heading in the near future and check if these approaches can be helpful in your situation (be critical!).

Where to find it?

Learning & Development Best Practices from the Top Silicon Valley Companies

(2) Mel’s Learning Lab by Mel Milloway

What’s it about?
Here, you’ll find the portfolio and blog of Mel Milloway. She is a Learning Experience designer at Amazon, and you’ll find her rich portfolio and blog on this page. She presented some of it during the recent LearningTech Day in Belgium.

Why read?

  • I suggest you first explore the portfolio and blog to get an overview of the tons of good and very practical stuff to be found here: amazing!
  • Get inspired by a real ‘experience design mindset’ and see how it might be helpful for you.
  • Find lots of ‘how to’ materials and links to resources that can help you learn new, cool and very useful learning design skills

Where to find it?

Mel’s Learning Lab by Mel Milloway

(3) Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

by Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirshner

What’s it about?
Mirjam explains what the term ‘evidence-informed’ means and what the benefits are for learning design. She includes relevant links to what was presented during LearningTech Day in Belgium, in early June.

Why read/watch it?

  • You want to not only base your professional work on insights that are backed up by evidence via science but also keep it applicable (who doesn’t?).
  • The concept of ‘evidence-based’ is very interesting and useful because it creates a bridge between science and praxis.
  • The post also covers a helpful four-step approach, as presented by Pedro de Bruyckere, to get started with the evidence-informed approach he presented at the LearnTech Day conference.

Where to find it?

Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

Start with WHO- the Golden Circle for Learning Design

(4) Start with WHO: the Golden Circle for Learning Design

What’s it about?
Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with WHY’ is a popular and inspiring concept. Would it also be applicable within the learning industry? Yes, it is. But when it comes to learning design, ‘Start with WHO’ might be the more effective way to go.

Why read it?

  • Find out how you can apply the principles of user-centred design for learning design.
  • Make your learning design more performance and context relevant via the ‘jobs to be done’ approach as part of the Who, What, Where, How in the Golden Circle for Learning Design.
  • Do you prefer to digest this topic via video instead of reading? Or both? You can watch the video on this topic, which was recorded at Learning Technologies 2018.

Where to find it?

Start with WHO: the Golden Circle for Learning Design

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