In the final L&D QuestionTime of the year we hear the thoughts and opinions of Teresa Rose Learning & OD Specialist at E.ON UK

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

I think the biggest anxiety in Learning & Development is the professionalization (or lack of) for learning professionals. Having a clear and robust set of principles and professional standards is much needed.  Additionally, the steep changes in technology and understanding how it can be used and where to invest add complexity to decision making.  Combined with the business as usual pace of change in organisations, speed is paramount.


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

Performance support and making learning seamless with work.  Curating content from reliable sources, be that internal or external.  Laura Overton from Towards Maturity provides robust research with thought provoking insights and pragmatic frameworks.  I’m also keen to learn from my peers; the people that are actually doing rather than talking and theorising about learning.


What is the most exciting innovation on the horizon for learning?

Mobile actually forming part of the blend e.g. apps which help performance and job roles.


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

It’s more what we stop doing and that is what I call the ‘over-engineering’ of learning.  We can get theory overload and like to make things complicated for the sake of looking more knowledgeable and credible.  This leads to the commercialisation of learning as suppliers jump on the bandwagon of the latest ‘big thing’.  I see lots of opportunities for organisations to save money and resources by working together and sharing content.


 What do you think the world of L&D will look like by 2020?

Hopefully more rationalised.  The neuroscience developments are interesting, however many organisations still don’t have the basics right.  Speed of delivery will continue to put pressure on L&D departments.  We might see a return to the classroom – who knows?  Maybe much more in the way of flipped classrooms?  What goes around comes around.  The question may be ought to be ‘will L&D still exist in 2020?


What advice would you give your 21 year old self?

Don’t worry so much. Live more in the present.


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