November 2014

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 1 November 2014 in Magazine

Welcome to the penultimate issue of TJ 2014.

It’s been a fascinating year, and as we wind down to the end, things remain as busy as ever here.

This month sees the big event in our calendar – TJ Awards 2014. Our Gala Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday 26th November and once again our congratulations go out to all the shortlisted candidates. There will be 16 gold awards presented on the evening so best of luck to all those involved. This will be my fourth time at the event, and it’s no exaggeration when I say it gets better each year. The dinner is a fantastic evening of celebration and fun and I’d personally like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who comes together to help make it a success. Speaking of those who contribute to the evening, p40 features Jane Elliot Poxon talking about the importance of being a judge and how it can aid your continuining professional development.

Let’s get back to this edition. We focus on social and informal learning this month. As organisations continue to evolve, social and informal learning continues to rise in prominence. But what’s the difference between the two? Mobile learning evangelist Amit Garg describes social learning as participating with others to make sense of new ideas. According to Garg, it’s a natural process of learning, with and from others.

And what of informal learning? Jay Cross, author of Informal Learning, says that it is an unofficial, impromptu way of most of us learn to do our jobs. On p15, Paul Matthews gives his own definition of informal learning and expands on how L&D practitioners can support it. Randy Emelo (p23) explains how the social element can be a major factor in helping to make or break a blended learning solution so be sure to check it out.

There’s an interesting piece on p31, where David Bowman offers guidance on gamificiation and its role in social learning. We all know that social media is an increasingly popular medium, so could adding gamification elements help make it a more powerful way of delivering social learning within the business? Read his thoughts to find out more.

We’re also working on improving our website all the time so if there are any questions or suggestions, do feel free to email me directly or leave a message on the TJ forum. Our forward features list for 2015 is now available on our website, but once again, let us know if you do feel we have missed anything out.

Going forward, there are numerous opportunities to get involved with TJ. Contact us for a media pack to find out more, and make sure you follow us on Twitter@Training Journal to stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

Until next month - happy reading!

Seun Robert-Edomi - Managing Editor



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