25 episodes

‘Learning Is the New Working’ is a new podcast from Chris Pirie, ex-Microsoft Chief Learning Officer and now independent investigator of The Future of Workplace Learning. A set of stimulating conversations with some of the leading thinkers and edge practitioners in the modern Workplace Learning space, from Chief Learning Officers  to Learning Experience Designers, from Neuroscientists  to Technologists, vendors of Learning Tech, and the HR leaders charged with developing human capital potential.  Our topics are everything from the American skills crisis to our scary, but fascinating, century: how the rise of the robots, AI, employment and demographic change are re-shaping all our lives - in work and out of it. We will also explore how the process of Learning is itself changing with current and emerging technology, share war stories about which new ways of delivering Learning work, what Sales Enablement is versus what it could be, what a ‘Learning Science’ might offer… all with the ultimate aim of empowering the CLO.

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‘Learning Is the New Working’ is a new podcast from Chris Pirie, ex-Microsoft Chief Learning Officer and now independent investigator of The Future of Workplace Learning. A set of stimulating conversations with some of the leading thinkers and edge practitioners in the modern Workplace Learning space, from Chief Learning Officers  to Learning Experience Designers, from Neuroscientists  to Technologists, vendors of Learning Tech, and the HR leaders charged with developing human capital potential.  Our topics are everything from the American skills crisis to our scary, but fascinating, century: how the rise of the robots, AI, employment and demographic change are re-shaping all our lives - in work and out of it. We will also explore how the process of Learning is itself changing with current and emerging technology, share war stories about which new ways of delivering Learning work, what Sales Enablement is versus what it could be, what a ‘Learning Science’ might offer… all with the ultimate aim of empowering the CLO.

    Reimagining Education - At Scale: edX's Anant Agarwal

    Reimagining Education - At Scale: edX's Anant Agarwal

    MOOCs are getting bad press - that student engagement and completion rates are very low. But at edX.or, 60% of all and paid-for work gets completed, it has 500 corporate customers up- and re-skilling their workforces, and its new modular ‘Micromasters’ credential, which offers 25-50% of a traditional Masters has been accepted as an onramp by over 90 global Universities as an on-ramp to their traditional Master’s programs. So maybe the idea of MOOCs isn’t that screwed after all? To find out, we engaged with the Founder and CEO at edX Professor Anant Agarwal, an Engineer, Computer Scientist and a real giant in online pedagogy to get his perspective. Our conversation ranges from how hard it is to change something that hasn’t really changed in hundreds of years - Education, to a reminder of what the ‘M’ and ‘O’ stand for - Massive, and Open, and how central those words are to what edX does, as well as the deep interest in the edX user base for critical thinking, communications and story-telling education as much as business or tech. We also hear about his early years studying Electrical Engineering at school at Madras, India, followed by his move to study Computer Science in the US, as well as: the original MOOC idea, and how much it’s changed and 9-10 years a - improvements not everyone’s caught up with, ita portrait of the average edX user and their motivations, extreme geographical spread and what they want from their experience; why technology is a double-edged sword; edX For Business - a new set of partnerships and opportunities; why it’s time to stop saying ‘soft,’ and start saying ‘powerful skills’ instead; the challenges of creating an appropriate self-directed Learning culture for the enterprise; the concept of Learning Science and the possibility of neuroscience as a way to tune up our understanding of how we learn; and finally, how his team is looking at how are brains our wired like active learning, and deriving highly suggestive analytics and data out of those EEGs.

    • 57 min
    "Social Media? Don’t Mention It - It’ll Never Happen At This Company:" ‘The 2020 Workplace,’ Ten Years On

    "Social Media? Don’t Mention It - It’ll Never Happen At This Company:" ‘The 2020 Workplace,’ Ten Years On

    This week we mark the tenth anniversary of landmark L&D manifesto 'The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today' with its co-authors, analyst at Future Workplace Jeanne C. Meister, and Visa's Chief Learning Officer, Karie Willyerd. With glittering CVs at Fortune 100 organisations, corporate Universities, major IT companies and consultancies, as well as many other engagements, the guys were happy to work with complex diaries and recording tech co-ordination to share their insights on everything from: their respective bases San Francisco/Colorado (Karie) and New York City/upstate (Jeanne); the original writing journey for ‘Workplace,’ which began back in 2008; the insights you get from working both as an L&D business creator and customer; what’s going on with the Corporate University; a look back to the book and a very different time - which they started in the context of The Great Recession and the first mention of ‘Millennials’ and which they now see as a wake-up call for Boomers; their big miss: Mobile, and the chapter they wanted to include and wished they had on the Democratization of Work; what’s next for L&D as we’ve moved from tech enthusiasm to a tech backlash; the new normal: AI, ethics, privacy, the law and the future role of the corporation.

    • 54 min
    The Beauty That Comes From Constraint, With Chris Proulx From Humentum

    The Beauty That Comes From Constraint, With Chris Proulx From Humentum

    Wherein we sit down with Chris Proulx at Humentum, the global membership association providing training, convening, and support. Working towards social good by helping non-profits and NGO by helping organizations manage compliance and risk, juggling finances, designing programs and helping people perform at their best, Humentum is a long-time supporter of The Learning Futures Group, and we were delighted to sign them up as the official sponsor for this run of episodes. As global director for member engagement and learning at Humentum, Chris is responsible for leading the global convening, learning, and conferences activities for the organization, focused on helping members derive the most value out of their involvement with the group and their engagement with the membership community; previously the CEO of eCornell for ten years, he’s superbly placed to offer informed comment on a range of Workplace Learning issues, including: why he’s based in Ithaca, NY; what he learned trying to create a pro-profit business out of an Ivy League; what it’s like to work in an environment with permanently-constrained budget goals; his work in trying to get a common financial reporting standard for his sector; the central role of Workplace Training in what Humentum’s trying to achieve (at least 50% of focus, from certification creation to course development to a ‘Learning-as-a-Service’ offering); the strange link between really high levels of engagement and really tight Learning circumstances; the importance of ‘use what you have;' why the metaphor of ‘moving’ Training from A to B maybe isn’t really enough any more; and much more.

    • 53 min
    Arist: The Mies van der Rohe School Of Microlearning?

    Arist: The Mies van der Rohe School Of Microlearning?

    We take a deep dive into a new take on Learning: doing it 1,200 characters at a time. That’s via an app called Arist, a text message-based Learning platform which is claiming a 92% completion rate versus only 5% for video equivalents, and we find out a whole lot more from its two founders, Michael Ioffe (CEO) and Ryan Laverty. Both of these impressive young men are still at University, both Seniors in Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration at “The Best College For Entrepreneurship” Babson College (Boston), both joking they also have “a concentration in changing lives and having fun while doing it.” (In case you’re wondering, Arist is short for ‘Aristotle.’) As they say, it’s an incredibly intimate medium, where over a typical 5 to 30 day course you can get “frictionless Learning” via assessments, overviews, case studies and more. After a walk-through of the proposition, we then cover a set of topics from how they started with literally no more than $100 but just got significant funding, the deep personal value they see in education, use cases that involve Kenyan deaf seamstresses are learning financial literacy through to: how you get to 92% engagement levels; the Babson project-based experiential learning experience, where you have to start a company at a time most of your peers are still playing Beer Pong; why we no longer have a content problem, but a content delivery problem; condensing a 3-hour lecture into six texts as proof of “less is more” design thinking; what trying to teach in an education context broken by war can do for your approach to pedagogy and tech; Arist’s interesting consumption-based business model, which involves non-profits as well as Higher Education, brands, and (soon) B2C; the specific modalities of working in text as a delivery medium, such as consent and privacy; their ambition to get to 1000 user organization customers from the current 24 - inside a year.

    • 35 min
    ‘There’s Just Not Good Training For The Global South:’ Nick Martin, President and CEO, TechChange

    ‘There’s Just Not Good Training For The Global South:’ Nick Martin, President and CEO, TechChange

    TechChange.org is a social enterprise all about providing online professional development in technology and social change. In this episode of the ‘Learning 4 Good’ mini-season over at ‘Learning is The New Working,’ I sit down with its President and CEO Nick Martin, educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in international development and social innovation, to hear about both his and that of TechChange, and why what he thinks is doing is very much ‘Anti-MOOC’ thinking but which is also more than ‘watch a video, take a quiz.’ Along the way, we also dip into: how his job consists in the company of doing ‘what no-one else wants to do;' why a modern poetry major didn’t end up in the CIA, but in Costa Rica; the kind of work you need to put in to develop 800 courses for customers from the government of Sudan to Microsoft; the challenge of engaging Learners with training they don’t get paid to attend; why data literacy and monitoring and evaluation are buddying up, as well as the (perhaps surprising?) appetite in the NGO sector to engage with things like Blockchain and AI; why even his students think they have to work in management consulting, not non-profits, to support their financing issues, and much more. Enjoy!

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    Nick is always looking for partners to build good learning, online or blended; he’s also working on ideas for low-cost, high quality online Master’s programs as a practical way of dealing with the Student Debt Crisis. Connect with him on these or other ideas over at the TechChange website, here.

    • 38 min
    Babbel’s Geoff Stead Talks To Us About What Hipster Tech Language Enthusiasm Can Give You

    Babbel’s Geoff Stead Talks To Us About What Hipster Tech Language Enthusiasm Can Give You

    Helping us all learn a new language since its 2007 foundation, subscription-based language learning app and e-learning platform Babbel offers more than 10,000 hours of content in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian. In this episode, we had the very welcome opportunity to sit down with the company’s Berlin-based Chief Product Officer, Geoff Stead — an internationally regarded thought leader on emerging technologies and how they can be used for learning, communication and collaboration. Geoff, a native of South Africa who originally trained as a Computer Scientist, told us why the unique cultural milieu of the Federal Republic’s capital suits him and Babbel’s specific internal culture, about a career that has included stints at mobile chip leader Qualcomm as well as English language certification leader Cambridge English. We then cover a set of topics ranging from his personal journey from South Africa to San Diego to Cambridge (England) and now, Germany; the central place of tech in everything Babbel does, and its mission: to help everyone fall in love with learning a language (again); the profile of the kind of people Geoff wants to join his team (from data experts to behavioral scientists to instructional designers); why embracing ambiguity is a good way to avoid the dangers of generalizing about your customers; why 'nudging' has to be different in different parts of the world to work; and finally, how the brain may not have changed… but maybe the way we use it has.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

Nxc159 ,

Great resource for L&D specialists

I listen to this vlog while commuting and find it very enriching. This podcast will be interesting for L&D specialists who want to learn from colleagues and find like-minded people among industry practitioners. The episodes motivate me to make new connections and read further about topics mentioned. Great resource for professional development.

BonnySoftClop ,

all of us should be working on this!

Chris Pirie gives us some amazingly informative insights through talking to influential global thinkers in our new evolving work space. This podcast is a must listen to those who are interested in growing their business while being mindful of the changes in our exploding technical world.

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