In this issue of L&D QuestioneTime we hear from Gary Norris – Online Learning Consultant at DPG plc.

In your opinion what is the biggest anxiety within the world of learning and development at the moment?

At the moment, Covid-19 is a source of anxiety for us all. I expect that there is some anxiety around how L&D interventions will continue without face to face contact and/or with social distancing measures. I wonder if the anxiety stems mostly from the learner as they may not believe that learning is possible remotely. I’d say that this is because, at school, we are programmed to think that learning takes place in a classroom – so maybe it is hard for people to fully invest energy in remote learning.

Who or what is informing your thinking around L&D?

Social media: twitter and Linkedin

What “game changers” would you like to see and why?

I’d love to see CPD rolled out to many more professions – and maybe even have it as part of the schools curriculum. The reason is that continuous learner makes us healthier, happier, more productive and more accepting of change and new ideas – not just in our roles but in life.

What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2030?

Human physiology won’t have altered so our learning needs will be physically the same. The way we learn will involve more technology. Learning will be more personalised and we’ll be more able to tell whether or not the latest whizz bang learning strategies are actually for us or not.

What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

That would be a long conversation!

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