Introduction to Modern Training

In Section 1 of MWL 2021, Providing Modern Training is one of the 3 key areas of work that enables and supports the 4 D’s of Learning in Modern Workplace Learning in as much as it

(a) addresses the perceived issues with classroom training and online learning

(b) ensures that it is more reflective of the ways people prefer to learn, and

(c) is integrated as much as possible in the workflow – rather than taking place in a separate  time and space

Modern Training involves providing

  • formal and informal
  • internal and external
  • contentevents and group activities
  • which are made available for on demand, scheduled or ongoing use
  • in the appropriate format and place

In today’s world most training will largely take place VIRTUALLY. However, it will be more than simply digitising existing (classroom) training offerings.  The table below therefore shows how the wide range of activities that fall under the banner of Modern Training fit together. However, a number of points need to be reiterated here:

  • The emphasis will be on offering these activities using existing tools and platforms – rather than purchasing new ones – by adopting a “back to basics” approach but yet at the same time employing modern training principles and practices.
  • Although the focus of the linked items on the list below is on CREATING internal content and FACILITATING internal events and group activities, a modern L&D team cannot provide everything everyone needs to learn to do their job themselves, so CURATING external content and other events and learning opportunities will also become a necessity.
  • Although all of the activities described below can be stand-alone, they can be used in any combination to create a modern day hybrid learning programme.
  • Finally, whilst nowadays there is still a heavy focus on managing access and use of content as well as participation in events (in a LMS or similar platform), it is much more appropriate to today’s work to ensure (a) that content is easily available as and when required (and as close to the workflow as possible) AND that (b) the many learning opportunities that have been created or curated are freely accessible to everyone. This is why there is strong argument for an open access learning hub.
Live or asynchronous
self-paced online courses (off-the-shelf) micro-content
resources (in varying formats: docs, presentations, (info)graphics, videos, podcasts, etc)
Formal learning communities
Informal communities of practice


Last updated: March 19, 2021 at 11:14 am