It’s Happening…

For some time now, a number of us in the Learning and Development (L&D) field have predicted and/or feared the obsolescence of our role in workplace learning. Formal training has never represented the preponderance of workplace learning, far surpassed by informal social learning and mentoring. More recently, however, individuals have become empowered to self-learn whenever they have the need and wherever they are, thanks to an ever-expanding array of options, from the ubiquitous Google search to YouTube videos to social networks.

Jane Hart recently posed the question, “What would happen if there were no L&D department?” Many of the responses reflected the thinking many of us have been sharing for years now, essentially that people would naturally learn on their own. Some took that to an extreme, arguing the L&D function presents a barrier to learners. I encourage you to read her entire summary here.

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