L&D Lowdown - April 2018 Edition

Every month our expert team curate the content that matters from across the world of L&D. Stay informed and up-to-date with our pick of the most relevant L&D-focused research, stories and practical resources.

Written by Emerald Works
Published 10 April 2018
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L&D Lowdown - April 2018 Edition
Every month our expert editorial team curate the content that matters from across the world of L&D. Stay informed and up-to-date with our pick of the best L&D news, research and practical resources.

In L&D Lowdown this month


How to Build a Learning Culture
Leaders have a critical role to play in helping develop a learning culture in your organisation. This article shares some great insights from senior executives who have been there and done that successfully.
Media: Article - Reading time: 5 minutes

Linking Learning to Business Goals - closing the gap
The latest research from US consultancy Brandon Hall Group shows that many organisations struggle to align their learning initiatives with business goals. The data suggests some practical, pragmatic steps to better align learning with the business.
Media: Article - Reading time: 4 minutes

The Psychology of Fake News
In our world of information abundance, the ability to filter good information from bad has become increasingly important. The growth of fake news is a case in point. In this article, psychology Professor Tania Lombrozo suggests that reflecting on information and challenging it can help establish whether it's good or not. Media: Article - Reading time: 5 minutes

My Three Favourite 'Low-Tech' Performance Support Examples
This article from L&D Trendcatcher Ger Driesen reminds us that there are plenty of low-tech performance support tools at our disposal.
Media: Article - Reading time: 1 minute

Think Like a Game Designer to Create Meaningful Learning
Forget badges, rewards and leaderboards. To design learning like a game designer, you need to think in terms of action, participation and systems. This article explains how.
Media: Article - Reading time: 5 minutes

GP recommends this month


The GoodPractice team are veritable magpies of interesting L&D content. Here's a quick round-up of the videos, podcasts, events and Twitter happenings that caught our attention this month.

Something to watch

10 Techniques for Creating High-Impact Video for Learning
From creating video blogs to explainer videos, digital learning consultant Ant Pugh shares 10 ways to use video to create learning with real punch.
Watching time: 28 minutes (broken down into 10 clips)

Who to follow on Twitter

Andy Lancaster @AndyLancasterUK is head of learning and development at the CIPD.

Helen Blunden @ActivateLearn is director of social learning at Activate Learning Solutions, in Melbourne, Australia.

JD Dillon @JD_Dillon is Chief Learning Officer at Axonify.

Event and conferences to check out

L&D Connect Unconference, 19 April, Edinburgh
Next Learning, 24 April, Den Bosch, The Netherlands.
The CIPD L&D Show, 25-26 April, Olympia, London.
The GoodPractice podcast - live! 25 April, Hilton Olympia, London.

Something to read 

How to Change Minds and Influence Peoples' Behaviour
Neuroscientist Tali Sharot provides some illustrated tips on how we can influence those around us.  
Media: Images and captions. Reading time: 5 minutes.

About the author

Emerald Works

Emerald Works

At Emerald Works, we’re committed to helping individuals and organizations around the world realize their full potential by using evidence-led learning solutions that work.

We work together to build learning cultures that empower people to bring about real change for real impact.

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