Designing Actionable Learning for Leadership Development

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 24, 2018

Louise Axon

Director, Content Strategy and Development
Harvard Business Publishing

Jennifer Long

Senior Manager, Programs
Harvard Business Publishing

In 2017, 73 percent of L&D respondents to a client survey cited “application to real work” as an important characteristic of leadership development programs, particularly as related to mid-level management. And yet many L&D practitioners do not have a clear path to providing ways for their learners to apply their new knowledge and skills on the job. This session will share best practices for integrating learning with real work.

Today’s busy managers have little patience for learning something they might use “someday.” Learners want actionable solutions to their day-to-day challenges. But what about building capabilities that require leaders to go deeper to learn new concepts? This session will unpack the design challenge of addressing both conceptual and actionable learning. You’ll get access to models for integrating learning with real work, brought to life with real examples. You’ll leave wanting to create a library of actionable projects that you can offer to your learners. And you’ll have a framework to integrate this approach into your measurement strategy.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to design actionable models and assignments that integrate learning with work
  • What learning experiences provide immediate value to managers
  • How to leverage learning design to measure meaningful business impact
  • How to help learners bridge the gap between knowing and doing



Technology discussed in this session:

Brightspace Core, and Webex and other webinar platforms.


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