Launched at LPI’s Learning Live 2012 conference, the Think Tank aims to support L&D professionals facing the demands of supporting international learning programmes. What are the cultural issues we face? How do we overcome the linguistic challenges? Can technology help, and where can our assumptions about technology and its uses hinder us?
The work of the LPI International Think Tank ranges across three strands:
In each of these strands we are building a shared body of knowledge which will help L&D professionals at every level work more effectively globally.
• Collaboration and culture
The aim of the first session was to examine the current state of learning and development research, including examining issues such as: What are the key sources of trustworthy, quality research? Where are the gaps between research and practice? In what areas is further research needed?
These sessions generated as many questions as answers. This was also true of the other sessions in the Think Tank. Rather than give a blow-by-blow account of the speakers’ contributions and the discussion, this document aims to summarize the outputs of the conversation.
This session focused on how to support globally distributed, diverse learners, against issues such as differences in learner languages, culture, work context and collaborative practices. The three areas considered were: Using learning technologies across geographies, potentially useful emerging technologies, and the functions of learning technologies.
In this briefing, the thoughts of the group are captured according to the dominant themes that emerged in answering these questions.
The final session looked at how cultural differences globally affect learning program implementations, including - Moving beyond stereotypes to useful ways of examining cultural differences, the tools and techniques of inter-cultural collaboration, continuing the collaborative work of the think tank beyond the conference.
Culture had been a common theme in the two previous sessions, so this session also acted as an opportunity to collect thoughts on how local culture affects learning.