Podcast 233 — Covid's impact on L&D

Covid-19 has changed the world of work, but how has this affected our approach to learning and development?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 23 February 2021
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Podcast 233 — Covid's impact on L&D

Until now, reporting has been largely anecdotal. So, this week, we're digging into the data.

Ross Garner and Owen are joined by fan favourite Sukh Pabial of Challenging Frontiers, who shares insights from a study he carried out from November 2020 to January 2021.

We discuss:

  • The methodology and limitations of Sukh's study (because we caveat everything on this podcast)
  • How Covid has affected L&D budgets
  • Some surprising stats around L&D's adoption of tech and digital.

A summary of the research is available on LinkedIn as an infographic:http://linkedin.com/posts/sukhvinder-pabial_infographic-showing-the-impact-of-covid-19-activity-6762297024403574784-Vxjq/ 

For more from Sukh, visit: challengingfrontiers.com/ 

If you'd like to continue the discussion, why not have your say by joining us on Clubhouse this Thursday (25 February) at 3pm GMT? You can find the details here: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/MdO9Q8lA

We referenced a few previous episodes in this podcast. Check out:

In 'What I Learned This Week', Owen discussed the power of simple tools like SWOT analysis. You can find a template from Mind Tools here: mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05.htm

Sukh recommended Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, whose website is at: ynharari.com/book/sapiens-2/

And what if, after Ross talked about Alien 3 for what felt like 15 minutes, you still want to listen to the radio drama? Well, you can find it on Audible at: audible.co.uk/pd/Alien-III-Audiobook/B07QY1FVDT 

Sukh Pabial

Sukh Pabial

Chief Learning Officer at Challenging Frontiers Ltd

Sukh is an occupational psychologist by education, and has extensively studied the fields of positive psychology and emotional intelligence. His knowledge about positive psychology, emotional intelligence and social sciences places him in a position of credibility and authority. Sukh shares his knowledge openly and is often very honest and transparent about the research he knows, the opinions he has and the insights he offers.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director, Emerald Works

A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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