2015

  • Most Read Social Media Posts of 2015

    As the year draws to a close we get the usual emails and social media posts about the top 1o events to follow in 2016 or the top 5 developments from 2015.We have to jump on that bandwagon… But with a slight twist.Our Social Media output is geared very much toward a curator of news stories so we thought we’d put together the top ten most popular news items from our Social Media.In reverse...

  • What Have We Really Learnt in 2015?

    As we approach the end of the year we await the many blogs that review the year’s learning, reflections on the Big Events and the top ten things about XZY learning.However we wanted to reflect on our experiences this year, as a business we deepened our relationship with the Training Foundation and aligned our joining criteria to their TAP qualifications as a result we were able to reduce our...

  • Coaching and Mentoring

    Coaching and mentoring have been forgotten cousins of the learning and development profession.There are many theories about why this might be, one of the main arguments for this is due to the proliferation of Life Coaches in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but at the British Institute for Learning & Development we believe that coaching is an integral part of L&D.Coaching isn’t a new art,...

  • Important Information Regarding membership of the BILD

    Dear MembersFor a number of years the BILD has had a relationship with the Training Foundation and we have been impressed by the speed with which the TAP Programme has been adopted by employers across all strands of the private and public sectors. Today, there are more than 25,000 TAP-Certified L&D practitioners employed in more than 1,400 UK organisations and others in 32 countries.The Board of...

  • Is the Role of the Company Trainer Dead?

    Once apon a time there was a company trainer, his name was Johnny and his job was to make sure that all the employees of ACME Engineering company got all the training that the company decided that they needed.As it was an engineering company and Johnny used to be an engineer; his job was relatively easy, in fact, Johnny still considered himself an engineer, just one who’d become so skilled in...

  • Shiny new object

    We’re all familiar with the shiny object, something that people tell you about to get you to stop doing what you are doing and pick up something else. Often its worse in business as there are no shortage of critics telling you that you should look at this shiny new object or this one. The modern world is full of shiny new objects and learning and development sees its fair share of them....

  • Edutainment

    Edutainment is a concept that has been around since 1970 according to Wikipedia. The idea is to keep people entertained whilst still imparting knowledge and to engage people and keep people interested by entertaining and educating them.I’m sure we all remember some droning teacher from school trying to tell an old joke, edutainment has moved on from that.And not only in the class room setting;...

  • Blended Learning

    Blended Learning for the sake of Blending I was recently lucky enough to attend the BILD’s Blended Learning CPD day in London. I should be lucky enough, as I organised the day.Two great speakers were there Ian Luxford from Grassroots group and Clive Shepherd from More than Blended Learning.Firstly what is blended learning?  Here is Wikipedia’s definition “Blended learning is a formal...

  • Is Blended Learning the Best of Both Worlds?

    Is Blended Learning the Best of Both Worlds?....

  • Quality in Learning and Development

    Demonstrating quality in learning and development can be difficult. A potential customer or client asks you how good is your training or L&D? How do you answer, well great of course but how do you demonstrate it, what evidence do you have?You may have one or two awards you may even have one or two testimonials from previous customers etc. But these soon date also they may not be relevant to the...

  • Business 101: A reading list for lifelong learners

    Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:First, read these 2 foundational books… 1. The Change Masters Rosabeth Moss Kanter Free Press, 1985“A foundational book for your collection. When a colleague recently switched careers, I lent her this incredibly dog-eared book from college days. Rosabeth Moss Kanter helped coined the idea and term ’empowerment’ in the 1970s, a sure sign she was ahead of...

  • Welcome to the new Blog Site from the British Institute for Learning & Development

    Thanks for joining us on the new Blog from The British Institute for Learning & Development (The BILD)We really pleased to launch this via WordPress and we have a number of exciting project launching this year. Including The new BILD Blog, alongside our new website.We are looking for leading lights of the L&D profession to become monthly guest bloggers.Please get in touch with us...