Digital Age Learning
This SIG will explore how organisations can equip themselves to fully exploit the learning opportunities of the digital age and focus on documenting existing good practice and trapping emerging technologies, tools, services or learning paradigms that will help member companies move forward exponentially. The SIG will encourage members to experiment with new tools or technologies and share the results. It will therefore be both intensely practical as well as looking at emerging research and experimentation.
The goal is to advance the critical area of digital age learning in concrete and practical terms while helping instill the practices that will allow innovation and development into the future. It will acknowledge existing research, and indicate areas where more research is needed. The essential aim is to build a powerful, strategic partnership with the members of the SIG and share their initiatives and challenges, rather than ‘tell’ them what they should do. This will be a partnership in a profound area of learning development across industries, across geographies and between research and practical application.
The EFMD Digital Age Learning Special Interest Group
In this SIG we want go beyond isolated approaches and individual initiatives, to look holistically at this new, digital context. We want to bring together a group of interested companies, business schools and learning disruptors in order to explore cross-functional strategies, capitalising on open sharing within our group, and drawing on leading thinkers and practitioners on specific questions of interest to the group.
1. The Approach
We will identify the core issues that the group wishes to explore and then build innovative and high-impact solutions to those main issues, pragmatically encouraging experimentation so that solutions can be implemented and tested in the different member organisations of the SIG. A systematic working process will be followed:
- In-depth interviews with each member of the working group Identification of key areas of focus.
- Analysis and discussions to shape a common vision and understanding of the digital age.
- Dialogue with leading thinkers in the field: presentation, analysis and critical reflection of proposed approaches.
- Experimentation and sharing of results by members within organisations.
- Synopsis of applicable, innovative and high-impact solutions to drive engagement.
- Summary of outcomes in written report and agreement on a final vision.
- Document integrating digital age learning principles, and lessons learned from experimentation.
- Bibliography of writing, and catalogue of dynamic resources relevant to this subject area that will be of continuing value to the group members.
2. The Outcomes
The specific desired outcomes will be defined as part of the initial interview round, with each member. However, we believe at this point that some of the outcomes of our work could be the following:
- A thorough review of the latest research on questions like: What are the core components of digital age learning? Where is corporate learning headed? What are the key issues to address?
- New approaches that really work. Creating a menu of “best practices” and jointly develop innovative “next practices” based in part on member experimentation.
- Deep-dives into critical sub-topics, depending on our members’ interests, e.g.:
- An exploration of significant new technologies such as virtual reality headsets.
- A look at trends in social learning and knowledge sharing.
- Models emerging from what works in terms of learning products and services and what appears to point the way forward.
We are seeking out delegates from a broad set of specialty backgrounds including HR, Learning, Talent Management, Technology, Communications, Neuroscience, Leadership Development, etc.
We would like each company to bring two delegates, one at the strategic decision making level and one person who is experimenting with new models and new technologies directly.
SIG members should commit to actively participate in the process described above, share with other members and contribute to the specified outcomes.
Organisations that already joined the SIG include:
5. The Starting Point
Nigel Paine, has agreed to facilitate the SIG. He has a background in learning leadership and technology and is author of a recent book: The Learning Challenge: Dealing with Technology Innovation and Change in Learning and Development.
Steven Smith, heads the Corporate University at Capgemini and will be the main Corporate Sponsor and Practitioner for the SIG.