What happened to the “L” in L+D?

L L+D stands for Learning and Development. In years past it was referred to as T+D which stood for Training and Development. We guess at some point there was a shift towards sounding as though we were doing more for our constituents than simply training them. Unfortunately, the truth is, we are still T+D. Where is the L in L+D? In the last decade-plus, training budgets have been cut, time allowed for training has been drastically reduced, coaching has been all but wiped out, and "learning strategies" have become self-service, self-directed, eLearning in many organizations (choose from this menu of management classes). But true learning requires a long tail.
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Reading for Fun – and Comprehension

reading on tablet Do you prefer reading from a printed page or a digital screen? Do you comprehend more when reading from paper than from a screen (or vice versa)? Does your age play a role in your preference? What about your attitude? These are all questions which have been studied in the last 20 years or so - in other words - in the "digital age." While definitive results elude us, here are some of the more common findings:
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The Next “Generation” of Learning

Generation means that people need to make their own meaning, literally generating their own links while learning, not just passively listening to ideas. We need our brains to create rich webs of links to any new concept, linking ideas to many parts of the brain....

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Most Kids are EXPERT Gamers by Age 21

= By the age of 21 kids have played 10.000 hours playing games; this correlates with Malcolm Gladwell's position in Outliers, which says that 10.000 hours of practice makes one an expert - interesting, thought provoking...

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Online Collaboration MUST be Designed

One of the most wonderful things about the online classroom is the ability to bring learners together who may otherwise be geographically separated. If one individual in New York and one individual in Arizona need the same training, the virtual classroom not only allows them...

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Interview with Learning Expert – Will Thalheimer

Will Thalheimer is a learning professional and researcher whom The Training Doctor recently interviewed T/D: Let’s focus on learning design and the research that you've done in this area. Thalheimer: One of the things that I think a lot of us forget is that we're not really...

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